- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An explosion in an underground transformer has led to an evacuation of an office building and sent brownish-gray smoke billowing into the street.

The Indianapolis Fire Department says no one was hurt.

The blast about 1:30 p.m. near the Circle Centre shopping and entertainment mall frightened bystanders and brought back memories of a series of 2011 manhole explosions that brought Indianapolis Power & Light under scrutiny by state regulators.

Construction worker Bruce Plott told WIBC-FM he was working nearby and heard a sound like someone banging on aluminum garbage cans for almost 10 minutes about the time of the blast.

The Indianapolis Star reports the explosion sent about 150-200 people out of one office building.

A message seeking comment was left for an Indianapolis Power & Light spokeswoman.

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