Explosion by city hall in Tennessee result of underground fire, officials say

Photo via the Chattenooga Fire Department

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A reported explosion near a Tennessee city hall has been identified as the result of an underground electrical fire.

Chattanooga Fire spokesman tells news outlets that Chattanooga City Hall was temporarily evacuated Tuesday after a nearby explosion blew several manhole covers off and smoked up city hall.

No injuries were reported.

Garner says the fire seems to have involved electrical equipment belonging to the city’s electric power provider, Electric Power Board of Chattanooga (EPB).

The fire department said in a tweet that the downtown intersection by city hall would be closed while EPB made repairs to the underground equipment.

City employees have returned to their offices.

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