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Nearly 100 Milwaukee electric customers remain in dark from Sunday blast

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MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - About 100 electric customers in downtown Milwaukee were still without power at mid-day, after an explosion blew out a manhole cover Sunday evening.

We Energies said about 600 customers were in the dark at the peak of the outage. And at last word, utility officials said they were still trying to determine why the final customers were still out.

We Energies’ spokesman Brian Manthey said a fault in an underground utility cable started a fire – and a manhole cover near the fault exploded and broke up the asphalt on the affected street.

Manthey said the cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

We Energies is making repairs Monday – and it’s investigating to figure out why the fire and explosion occurred. One person suffered minor injuries, but nobody was hospitalized from the blast. 

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