Columbus Blvd reopens in Hartford after reports of underground explosion

(WTNH/ Kent Pierce)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Reports of an underground gas explosion closed a road in Hartford on Wednesday morning.

News 8 was on the scene near the Connecticut Science Center where Columbus Boulevard has reopened after being shut down for a short time.

Police say the road was closed between State Street and Bob Steele Street in both directions while crews made the natural gas repair.

Eversource responded to the scene. A spokesperson for Eversource tells News 8 that the smoke coming out of the manhole was due to the rain from Tuesday night, which flooded a compartment and made contact with an electrical box. This resulted in the wires smoking.

Police had officers on scene directing traffic that impacted on Founders inbound.

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