Underground steam pipe bursts downtown, closes streets

The Indianapolis Fire Department is asking motorists to steer clear of the downtown intersection of Michigan Street and Senate Avenue after an underground steam pipe exploded Saturday afternoon and sent hot steam and debris into the air.

Citizens Energy Group, which maintains the underground steam system downtown, shut off the pipe by 3:40 p.m., according to a tweet from the IFD. Crews began investigating the cause.

No injuries were reported.

Such eruptions are not uncommon. A steam system leak in December 2018 temporarily closed streets near East Market and North Delaware streets. A steam line ruptured in June 2013, blasting off a manhole cover on Meridian Street.

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