Department of Water and Power LADWP Truck
Department of Water and Power LADWP Truck. FIle photo

A small underground explosion related to Department of Water and Power equipment closed a section of Wilshire Boulevard on Sunday night, but injured no one, police said.

Callers to 911 reported several manhole covers displaced in the 5600 block of West Wilshire Boulevard near Masselin Avenue about 4:30 p.m., Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

Responding firefighters found no injuries, damage or fire and determined “it was a DWP matter in an underground power vault,” he said.

A DWP crew was summoned and firefighters cleared the scene after 26 minutes, Humphrey said.

DWP spokeswoman Gale Harris said a utility crew was on scene but had not yet yet reported the nature of the problem. She said there were no service disruptions reported.

A Twitter message from the Los Angeles Police Department‘s Wilshire Station reported “a small explosion related to DWP equipment” with no injuries and the closure of Wilshire Boulevard between Curson Avenue and Hauser Boulevard.

— City News Service

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