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Manhole covers blown off in downtown Albany

ALBANY -- National Grid is currently investigating why four manhole covers blew off early this morning near Broadway and Clinton.

According to Patrick Stella, spokesman for National Grid, there was an electrical short underground. He said this time of year it's not unusual for the melting snow to cause the chemicals from the street to drip underground and erode underground wires. This, in turn, would cause sparking, shorting and gases to build up.

Stella did say that this cause was a little different because a manhole cover blew off and damaged part of the Old English Pub's building.