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Manhole Covers Explode in Long Beach

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    Long Beach residents remained without power following an underground electrical fire. Annette Arreola reports for the NBC4 News on Today in LA, Thursday, July 16, 2015. (Published Thursday, July 16, 2015)

    More than 2,500 people remained without power Thursday in downtown Long Beach after debris fell from exploding manhole covers the previous day.

    The incident was related to an underground electrical fire. Firefighters extinguished the fire and worked to ventilate the involved underground electrical vault, where the fire later re-ignited and required additional fire suppression, according to a City of Long Beach news release. Officials reported two additional electrical vaults had also caught fire. All three fires were extinguished, the news release said.

    Power Out for Long Beach Residents Following Manhole Blasts

    [LA] Power Out for Long Beach Residents Following Manhole Blasts
    Long Beach residents were without power following an underground electrical fire. Gadi Schwartz reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 2015.
    (Published Thursday, July 16, 2015)

    Two people were sent to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

    Power remained out from 10th Street to the Ocean, and Magnolia Avenue to Alamitos Avenue. Southern California Edison (SCE) continued to work on identifying the problem and was working to restore services to customers, the news release said.

    There was no estimates as to exactly when SCE will be able to restore power.

    The power outage affected the Aquarium of the Pacific, which shut its doors for the day, officials said.

    Electrical Fire Creates Power Outage in Long Beach

    [LA] Electrical Fire Creates Power Outage in Long Beach
    Police urged residents to stay indoors as a fire underground blew manhole covers off into the street. Vikki Vargas reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 2015.
    (Published Wednesday, July 15, 2015)

    Long Beach police were urging residents to stay indoors "due to falling debris from manhole covers blowing in the air."