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Underground blast rocks downtown Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS – An underground explosion in downtown Indianapolis has sent smoke billowing into the street and led to the evacuations of buildings.

The Indianapolis Fire Department sent out tweets saying there are no reports of injuries and power has been cut to an underground utility vault. It said the blast occurred in an underground transformer.

The explosion occurred about 1:30 p.m. near the Circle Centre shopping and entertainment mall.

WRTV-TV quoted emergency dispatchers as saying 10 to 12 manhole covers were blown out of position.

The state courts sent out a tweet saying Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Dickson had authorized 30 employees to go home for the day because of an evacuation of the building they work in.

A message seeking comment was left for an Indianapolis Power & Light spokeswoman.