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Explosion rocks downtown London corner

Downtown traffic was snarled briefly Monday after an underground explosion that blew a manhole cover off the ground at Queens Avenue and Clarence Street.

Rick Stainthorpe, electrical underground supervisor for London Hydro, said a faulty underground electrical line caused the blast.

No injuries were reported, but hydro service was disrupted at a couple of nearby buildings.

The explosion happened about 2 p.m. Surrounding streets reopened to traffic within an hour.

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