By Associated Press - Wednesday, November 19, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - National Grid has restored power to most customers after a problem with its electrical infrastructure caused a minor underground explosion and knocked out power to two hotels, the convention center and Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence.

Providence Fire Chief of Operations Daniel Crowley says firefighters responded to a report of a small explosion in a manhole near the Omni Providence Hotel shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday. He says no one was injured.

The Omni, the Providence Marriott Downtown, the Rhode Island Convention Center and Kennedy Plaza lost power.

National Grid spokesman David Graves says an underground switch failed, creating a spark that dislodged a manhole cover and caused the outage.

Graves says a tower at the Omni and the convention center’s garage are still without power, but it should be restored Wednesday night.



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