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Jackhammer worker injured in downtown Denver blast

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Posted at 8:34 PM, Jun 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-22 22:34:47-04

DENVER (AP) — An explosion that blew at least two manhole covers into the air in downtown Denver injured a worker and triggered fire alarms in a nearby office building.

The accident happened around midday Friday.

Xcel Energy spokesman Mark Stutz tells The Denver Post a contractor hit an underground electric line with a jackhammer. The worker's condition wasn't disclosed.

Firefighters say an electrical fire burned beneath a street, shutting down traffic in part of downtown. Officials say they're investigating what happened.