Flames shoot out of the manhole in front of shops
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Flames shoot out of manhole in Birmingham explosion

A pedestrian has captured an underground explosion in a manhole in Birmingham where flames leaped several feet in the air.

Electrical equipment exploded underneath Stratford Road in Shirley on Monday, causing smoke and then flames to repeatedly shoot out of the pavement, in front of a row of shops and parked cars.

The passer-by managed to film the explosion on his mobile phone.

West Power Distribution said engineers were despatched after receiving a call at about 17:00 BST.

They isolated electricity supplies and cordoned off the area before repairing an underground link box. A spokesman described the incident as very rare.

The surrounding footpath and tarmac was replaced on Tuesday.

  • 22 Apr 2015
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