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Steam, debris shot into air in Downtown Indianapolis after power interruption

Incident happened Saturday afternoon
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Posted at 7:41 AM, Jun 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-26 10:44:01-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A steam leak that sent a manhole cover and debris this weekend into the Downtown Indianapolis sky occurred after a power interruption when a telecommunications contractor hit a power line.

The contractor struck an AES power line Saturday morning south Citizens Energy Group's Perry K facility, near South West Street and Kentucky Avenue, Laura O'Brien, corporate communications coordinator, said in an email.

This caused a power interruption at the facility and impacted a portion of the steam supply.

Power was restored by AES midday and steam was restored to the affected customers, O'Brien said. The steam leak happened around 2:40 p.m. near Michigan Street and Senate Avenue and was isolated around 3:45 p.m.

It's important to note, O'Brien said, this kind of distribution is "extremely rare" and while an investigation into the situation is still ongoing, the leak wasn't because of a lack of maintenance, corroded or broken-down infrastructure.

It wasn't related to any previous sewer collapses.

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