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.
2:40 PM – #IFD Firefighters on scene at Michigan and Senate after an underground steam pipe let loose sending hot steam & debris into the air. STAY AWAY from area on foot, bike or car. @citizensenergy is on scene working to shut down pipe but will take a minute to do so. pic.twitter.com/9u4ZAKtnRK
— Indianapolis Fire Department 🚒 (@IFD_NEWS) June 12, 2021
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.