Underground Explosion Rocks Savannah's Downtown

Crews are waiting for an area to cool off under the streets of downtown Savannah before they start determining what caused an electrical explosion that blew off manhole covers and knocked out power for hours.

By late Monday, almost all streets had reopened, along with stores and restaurants evacuated after the blast. A Georgia Power spokeswoman says crews have restored power to all residential customers and nearly all the businesses that had gone dark. No injuries were reported and officials say there was only minimal property damage.

Police evacuated the historic downtown district after getting calls about the explosion before 9 a.m.

The fire department sprayed foam to cool down the affected areas, but the blast site was still too hot for crews to access the underground electrical cable network to determine the cause.

The affected area included River Street, the site of many of Savannah's tourist attractions, shops and restaurants.

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