Underground electrical fire causes manholes covers to blow off and heavy smoke downtown

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An underground fire broke out in Kansas City Saturday afternoon, shutting down roads and filling the downtown area with smoke.

Fire officials said the blaze around 2 p.m., which was determined to be an electrical fire.

10th Street between Broadway and Baltimore, and several surrounding roads, were closed off to traffic.

The fire caused four manhole covers to blow off all along the street, sending flames and thick, black smoke up into the air. No injuries were reported.

"We had flames shooting probably 20 feet through one of the manhole covers after it went up and exploded off of it," one KCFD firefighter explained.

After 3 hours, crews were still working to ensure the fire is completely extinguished. Roads in the area are still closed.

The fire caused a power outage at a nearby apartment complex, which is still without power.

The scenario presented a challenge to firefighters, who couldn't use water to put out the electrical fire, so they had to use carbon dioxide to put out the fire.