Residents in Philadelphia's Society Hill neighborhood got an unpleasant wake-up call early Sunday when an underground cable malfunction led to evacuations and power outages in the area.
Authorities said police, firefighters and PECO were called to 6th and Pine just after 1 a.m. after residents reported hearing what sounded like an explosion. When they arrived at the scene, they found a malfunctioning cable underground and three manhole covers lifted off their bases, officials said.
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Firefighters evacuated people from six homes nearby as a precaution, and around 50 homes were without power shortly before 6 a.m.
No injuries were reported.
Crews remained at the scene working to repair the problems Sunday morning. Power was restored to all customers Sunday night. A PECO spokeswoman said an underground cable had malfunctioned and led to a pressure build up which lifted the manhole covers.
The incident came on the heels of an underground explosion near Philadelphia's 30th Street Station on Saturday that damaged the road outside the transit center.