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Duke Energy continues to investigate underground explosions

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Fourth Street is reopened in Downtown Cincinnati after a pair of underground explosions.

The explosions were reported just before 9 a.m. Tuesday morning at the intersection of Fourth and Main street.

Witnesses reported hearing two explosions, and seeing flames and black smoke shoot up in the air.

Initial arriving units reported smoke emitting from three manholes in the middle of the intersection. There was also a report of smoke in a building on floors 2, 13, and 14 at 139 E. 4th St.

Fire companies investigated this report and discovered that smoke was brought into the building via the HVAC intakes on Main Street. The intakes were shut down and the building remained operational.

Duke Energy spokeswoman Sally Thelen says the explosions were caused by an electrical fire. She says four manhole caps were displaced due to the incident. Duke employees shut down the underground power lines feeding the area.

No evacuations were called for, but a shelter in place was temporarily ordered.

The city of Cincinnati says the stoplight at the intersection of Main St. and 4th St. will not be operational for the next two days as Duke continues to work on the underground electrical issues. The city says the intersection will be controlled with stop signs and remain open while work crews are making repairs.

Main Street between 3rd and 5th Streets and 4th Street between Sycamore and Walnut streets were closed for approximately 8 hours and 30 minutes.

Damage and cause is unknown at this time. An investigation is being performed by Duke Energy.

No one was hurt.

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