Smoking manhole shuts down Liberty Station road

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Hundreds of people lost power in Liberty Station and Point Loma Friday as a result of what San Diego Gas and Electric identified as an electrical problem.

A witness reported an underground explosion and smoke coming from a manhole cover about 2 p.m. at 2230 Truxtun Road at Womble Road. The location is near the Trader Joe’s and Rock Church.

1,200 customers lost power about the same time as the manhole report. SDG&E said the problem was electrical but did not provide details. SDG&E restored power about 4 p.m.

Students at nearby High Tech High School exited the building away from the emergency location as a precaution.

The power outages led some nearby businesses to close. 10News talked with a customer of The Lot movie theater who said the power shut down during a screening of the new Avengers movie. A customer at Starbucks said she received a refund for her drink after the store closed.

Traffic on Rosecrans Street slowed in both directions due to the emergency.

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