AUSTIN, Texas -- Smoke coming from a manhole in Downtown Austin Monday morning ended in a small underground explosion that was caught on camera.
Ricky Matthews told Spectrum News crews that he was skateboarding near San Antonio and 15th streets at about 6:30 a.m., when he spotted smoke coming from a manhole on the roadway.
Matthews said he had a GoPro camera and turned it on just in time to capture video when the explosion occurred.
"As I was coming down skateboarding to get my coffee, I saw some smoke coming out of the manholes. So, I was like, 'Hey, might as well videotape it.' And literally like 15 seconds after I started videotaping, it exploded. It was a bigger wake me up than my coffee -- I'll tell you that!" Matthews said with a laugh.
No one was injured.
Matthews said Austin Energy crews arrived after the explosion.
Austin Energy said a secondary cable in the underground downtown network broke and that it's not an unusual situation.
Crews are still on-site making repairs.
There were no outages or service disruption related to the explosion, according to Austin Energy.
If you see a downed power line, smoking equipment or other safety hazard, call the Austin Energy power outage line at 512-322-9100.
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