NEW ORLEANS — Authorities believe a faulty electrical line may have sparked an underground explosion Monday morning in New Orleans’ French Quarter, causing damage to several cars.
Fire investigators believe the explosion happened just after 5 a.m. near the intersection of Dauphine and Toulouse streets. Firefighters were originally called to the block to put out a car fire that had spread to one other car. At the scene, a police officer said there appeared to be evidence of an explosion.
New Orleans Fire Department Captain Edwin Holmes said the force of the explosion caused at least four manhole covers to be “blown off into the street, into buildings and vehicles.” There were no reported injuries.