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Nov 21, 2012 10:54 PM by Associated Press

Police close SF intersection after manhole blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Commuters who make their way through parts of San Francisco's South of Market area can expect delays after an underground explosion sent a manhole cover flying into the air.

A Fire Department dispatcher had few details but says crews were on the scene after the cover at 11th and Howard blew into the air a little after 5 p.m. Wednesday.

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

A Muni spokesman was checking to see what caused the blast.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident nearby that took place at almost the same time, police say a pedestrian was hit by a car about two blocks away.

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

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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