Explosion blows CBD manhole into air

Written By komlim puldel on Rabu, 24 Desember 2014 | 20.01

Explosion ... A build-up of gas and an electrical fault caused the manhole to fly into the air. Source: AAP

A FIFTY kilogram concrete and steel manhole has shot more than a metre into the air in an explosion under a Sydney CBD intersection.

Smoke poured from the hole after the loud blast startled Christmas shoppers walking past on Wednesday afternoon.

No one was hurt, but one passer-by said he was terrified by the unexpected explosion, especially in Australia's current security environment and after the recent Lindt Cafe siege.

On alert ... NSW police were patrolling the Sydney CBD today after an Australian man was charged on December 24 with possessing documents connected to a planned terrorist attack. Source: AFP

An Ausgrid worker said the explosion happened because of a build-up of gas and an electrical fault.

It wasn't yet known if there'd been any damage inside the manhole, the energy company representative said.

However, it was possible the cover could be blown off again, although that was unlikely, the worker said.

A NSW Fire and Rescue service member said firefighters wouldn't enter the manhole until it had been checked by Ausgrid.

The manhole cover put back into its casing and normal traffic resumed.

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