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.

Columbus Ave. closed in #Hartford for reported underground explosion. pic.twitter.com/jfjfaXsbDn

— Kent Pierce (@kentpierce8) October 25, 2017

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

Columbus Blvd closes in both directions for CNG repair. Between State St and Bob Steele St. pic.twitter.com/ttPLQ1xFva

— D/C Foley (@LtFoley) October 25, 2017

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.

Columbus Blvd closes in both directions for Eversource repair. Between State St and Bob Steele St.
Clearing in an hour or so. No evacs. pic.twitter.com/YrGyQx8qsq

— D/C Foley (@LtFoley) October 25, 2017

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

This will likely effect Founders inbound. Xtra HPD on site.

— D/C Foley (@LtFoley) October 25, 2017