Explosion in Chicago's Loop after Construction Crew Hits Gas Main

Posted: 6/22/2016

Explosion in Chicago's Loop After Construction Crew Hits Gas Main

Chicago, IL -- Several streets were shut down on Tuesday afternoon in Chicago's Loop after a construction crew accidentally hit a gas main, causing an explosion.

Fire crews reported that a construction crew hit an "old unused gas main" around 12:30pm on the corner of State and Randoph.  It caused a small explosion that led to several streets being shut down.  In addition, a box that covers the valve for a gas line blew off during the incident and landed on State and Madison, one block away.  No injuries were reported.

It took hours to flush the old main.  The process shut down several roads.  Pedestrian traffic was also blocked off.

The CTA was affected as well.  The red line trains were operating with delays in the loop. 

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