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Explosion underneath manhole cover knocks out power to some in Binghamton

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – An underground explosion briefly knocked out power for buildings in downtown Binghamton Tuesday afternoon.

A Binghamton Fire Department duty chief tells 12 News there was an explosion underneath a NYSEG manhole cover located at the intersection of Washington and Susquehanna streets around 2 p.m. Tuesday.

There was black smoke briefly coming from the manhole, according to the duty chief, who said the fire “put itself out."

He explained that the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena and Binghamton University Downtown Center were running on backup power Tuesday afternoon. Other customers in downtown Binghamton were also left without power, according to the fire department.

It is currently unknown what caused the explosion or exactly how many NYSEG customers were impacted. 

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, there was only one customer in the city of Binghamton without power on Susquehanna Street, according to NYSEG’s website.

A request for more information from a NYSEG spokesperson was not immediately returned.

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