Underground explosion in South Miami leads to outage

SOUTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) - Officials are investigating an underground explosion in South Miami that left a section of the city without electricity for hours, Friday.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Florida Highway Patrol responded to the scene along Southwest 57th Avenue, near U.S. 1, at around 5:15 p.m.

According to South Miami Police, there were reports of an underground explosion and smoke coming from a manhole.

7Skyforce HD hovered above an open manhole with smoke coming out of it.

No injuries have been reported.

Officials said a power outage in the area that left some local businesses with no power, but service has since been restored. Street lights were also out.

Authorities have shut down Southwest 57th Avenue while they investigate. The roadway was later reopened.

Officials said the outage appears to be electrical in nature.

At around 6 p.m., Florida Power and Light said only one customer was being affected.

A spokesperson for the Shops at Sunset Place, located near the blast, said the mall was not affected. “Everything is OK on our end. I know drivers are being affected, but our restaurants are operating, the theater is still on,” said Alex Schreer.

FPL has taken over the investigation.

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