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Explosion near federal gov’t building

A 'manhole.' (Dreamstime/TNS)
April 18, 2024

An explosion was reported near the A. Maceo Smith Federal Building in Dallas, Texas, on Tuesday afternoon, prompting a quick response from the Dallas Fire-Rescue.

According to WFAA, Dallas Fire-Rescue units were dispatched at roughly 2:35 p.m. on Tuesday to the A. Maceo Smith Federal Building located at 525 S. Griffin St. after the department was notified of an explosion near the Federal Building.

WFAA reported that the Dallas Fire-Rescue units discovered smoke coming from a manhole located across the street from the Federal Building. The outlet also noted that the manhole cover had blown off in the reported explosion.

Officials told WFAA that no fire was found at the scene of the explosion by the responding Dallas Fire-Rescue units and that no injuries were reported from the incident since no one was inside the manhole at the time of Tuesday’s explosion.

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According to Fox 4, officials found an electrical vault located inside the manhole. As a result, Oncor Electic Delivery was notified of the Dallas incident and opened an investigation into the cause of the explosion. While officials have not yet disclosed the cause of Tuesday’s explosion, Oncor Electric Delivery officials told Fox 4 that the explosion damaged equipment in one of the company’s underground vaults.

Fox 4 also reported that a crowd was spotted near the location of the explosion after being evacuated from the Federal Building during Tuesday’s investigation.

According to AZ Family, an investigation was also launched Tuesday into an explosion that blew off two manhole covers in Paradise Valley. The outlet said Phoenix firefighters were dispatched to the scene at roughly 9:45 a.m. after being notified of a small explosion.

Following the Arizona explosion, Phoenix Fire Hazardous Materials units investigated the area surrounding the two manholes to rule out any potential natural gas leak issues.