Norwalk explosions blow out bakery windows

(WTNH/ Noelle Gardner)

NORWALK, Conn. (WTNH)– Norwalk police and fire departments responded to two underground explosions this morning that blew out windows and terrified customers at one bakery.

The Norwalk Police Chief first tweeted:

The area was then secured by police and fire departments. Utilities were also requested to investigate the cause of the explosion.

Lower Main Street between Cross and Wall streets, including Main and Hoyt, were closed to traffic.

It was one Big Bang,” said Dorothy Greene, Norwalk Resident.

Muro’s Original New York Bakery on Main Street in Norwalk was packed with regulars around 8:30 Tuesday morning when a manhole explosion shook the walls and took the chairs out from under customers.

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“It was a normal morning. We had our store full with the regulars that have coffee every morning, started to smell like a burning electrical or something. We didn’t know what it was,” said Ken Muro, Muro’s Original New York Bakery owner.

Minutes later witnesses heard a ticking noise.

“There was a car on top of a manhole cover and the manhole cover, luckily the car was there, blew it to the car off the ground,” said Muro.

The owner describes the terrifying scene.

“Immediately after, the windows blew out the bakery and knocked over a bunch of people in their chairs,” said Muro.

“There were two other manholes that exploded down the street about 100 yards away,” said Ed Prescott, Deputy Chief Norwalk Fire Department.

The fire chief says an electrical malfunction may be to blame.

“There was a buildup of smoke and pressure in the manhole cover. And whether there is a spark that sets it off, if that sets them off or the pressure of the smoke itself or the confined space that generated an explosion,” said Prescott.

Miraculously no one was seriously injured. The health department is inspecting the bakery. The owners hope to reopen soon.

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