MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Downtown Milwaukee looks a little different Monday morning. A 15-foot hole is darkening the walkway in the downtown area. The cause is a massive underground explosion that knocked out power to hundreds of customers.
Firefighters found thick, black smoke pouring from a manhole Sunday evening. The explosion littered the street with chunks of asphalt. About 550 We Energies customers lost power, which was restored by Monday morning.
Deputy Fire Chief Aaron Lipski told the Journal Sentinel that an apparent failure of underground electrical lines created the burst of energy.
Authorities have blocked off an area around the Pfister Hotel. An investigation is underway.
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