Person falls down maintenance hole after electrical explosion downtown Edmonton
Emergency crews are on scene of an unfolding situation in Edmonton’s downtown core after an underground electrical vault explosion Wednesday morning.
Edmonton fire rescue services confirms a person fell down a maintenance hole after the explosion forced several covers to pop off.
“We have reports that there’s an injured civilian on scene who actually fell down into one of the manholes,” Edmonton fire rescue services spokesperson Maya Filipovic said.
A technical response team was called to the scene to assist with the rescue. The extent of the person’s injuries are not known. It’s not known if anyone else was injured.
The explosion happened in the area of 97 Avenue and 106 Street at around 7:30 a.m.
The blast caused power outages in a large section of downtown. EPCOR’s website showed upwards of 400 customers were without power shortly after 8:30 a.m. The power outage affected several commercial, residential and high-rise buildings.
Linda Dunsby was working in her office in the nearby Park Place building when the explosion happened.
“I was sitting in my office and I heard a bang. I thought it was a bomb and then all the power went out,” she said.
“It shook my chair pretty bad…. It’s kind of nerve wracking for sure.”
Global News has a crew on scene and will have more information once it becomes available.