Major Midtown street reopens following explosion-related repairs

More than 28 hours after a series of large explosions shut down part of Peachtree Street, crews have reopened all but one southbound lane of the major Midtown artery, according to Channel 2 Action News.

An underground transformer exploded about 8 a.m. Wednesday in the area of 550 Peachtree Street, sending thick smoke into the air in front of Emory University Hospital Midtown.

RELATED: 10 ‘very large explosions’ send smoke into the air, shut down major Midtown streets

No one was injured in the explosions and there was no apparent damage to the hospital, according to Atlanta fire officials.

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After hours of roadblocks Wednesday that stretched late into the afternoon, Georgia Power crews returned to the scene Thursday morning to work on the blown transformer. Peachtree Street was closed to drivers and a portion of the sidewalk was also blocked above the underground vault where the transformer is housed. 

The street was blocked in both directions between Linden Avenue and Pine Street, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center

 

The majority of Peachtree reopened shortly after noon, according to Channel 2.

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