- The Washington Times - Monday, August 24, 2009

Authorities say two workers have been hospitalized with injuries after an explosion in an electrical vault near Dupont Circle in Washington.

Deputy Chief Ken Crosswhite of D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services said the two men were contract employees working in an outdoor electrical vault when there was an explosion in the 1500 block of 19th Street Northwest. Chief Crosswhite said one man was critically burned and the other suffered smoke inhalation.

Chief Crosswhite said the vault contains various feeds of high voltage. It’s unclear what caused the explosion.

Traffic in the area is being redirected because parts of 19th Street and the Dupont Circle have been closed.

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