H-NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Nov 22, 2012 1:04 PM by Associated Press

Explosion blasts manhole cover into the air

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Commuters who made their way through parts of San Francisco's South of Market area Wednesday evening were delayed in getting home after an underground explosion sent a manhole cover flying into the air.

A Fire Department dispatcher said firefighters responded after the cover at 11th and Howard blew into the air around 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Pacific Gas & Electric crews were called out, but PG&E spokeswoman Jana Morris said the equipment that caused the blast belonged to San Francisco Muni.

A Muni spokesman said the blast was caused by a problem with underground electrical equipment.

There were no injuries from the blast, but in a separate incident that took place at almost the same time, police said a pedestrian was hit by a car about two blocks away.

That person was taken to a hospital with possibly life-threatening injuries. Police said the two incidents appear to be unrelated.

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