BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) – Officials in a small town in southwestern Illinois town are trying to figure out what caused a sewer explosion that sent manhole covers flying so high they damaged power lines.
According to the Belleville News-Democrat, one employee of a chemical plant near the site of the explosion in Sauget was injured by the blast just after 5:15 a.m. Thursday. The injuries weren’t believed to be life-threatening.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sauget has just 150 residents. The town sits just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis.
Sauget Police Chief Patrick Delaney said the explosion happened when workers tried to turn the power to the sewer system on after it went down.
One power line was knocked down, forcing the closure of Illinois Route 3.
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