Manhole cover sent flying by blast is caught on video

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say an underground electrical fire is blamed for an explosion that sent a manhole cover flying more than 200 feet above a Buffalo street.

WGRZ reports that the fire began around 11:30 a.m. Sunday on Tupper Street in downtown Buffalo.

Police evacuated two buildings as smoke poured out of manholes. A Buffalo Fire Department official says the second of three explosions sent one of the manhole covers 200 to 300 feet into the air.

A photojournalist was interviewing a man on the street when the second blast occurred about a half-block behind him. The video shows the cover flying high into the air as the man yells "Heads-up!" several times.

The cover landed near a firefighter and a utility truck. No one was injured.

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