Downtown roadway closed after manhole cover blown off

Manhole explosion (WISH Photo/ Kevin Ratermann)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – An investigation closed Washington and Market Street from Delaware to Alabama Friday night.

IMPD officials were originally called to the area on reports of an explosion between Talbott and Delaware Streets.

Officials at the scene told 24-Hour News 8 when they arrived at the scene, one manhole cover was blown off and they saw some electricity near the area.

Crews were blocking a few intersections because a few manholes were “steaming.”

A spokesperson with Indianapolis Power and Light said the incident stemmed from a cable failure. How or why that cable failure occurred has not yet been determined.

IPL planned to have crews working to replace the cable Saturday. Initial reports early Saturday morning indicated the roadway had re-opened, but IPL said crews planned to have Market Street closed, between Delaware and Pennsylvania streets, most of the day Saturday until work is completed. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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