There’s a lot you have to worry about while driving. Accidents are unpredictable and can happen at any time. You’re vulnerable on the road; you can get side-swiped, rear-ended, someone can slam on their brakes and cause you to rear-end them, and there’s even the chance of something falling on top of your car like a tree limb or road sign.
Now, a recent incident in Indianapolis is making the bottom of our cars targets as well.
Early Thursday morning in downtown Indianapolis a manhole cover exploded on 16th Street and College Avenue directly underneath an idling car. Fortunately, the driver walked away from the accident unharmed, but the danger of exploding manholes hasn’t gone unnoticed. It’s a recent incident, but not a new concern.
Manhole covers can weigh between 85 and 300lbs and can be launched over 50 feet into the air after an underground explosion, when it comes back down it can cause massive damage to people and property.
Often the explosions are caused by overloaded or old underground cables that can be coursing with 13,000 volts of electricity. These faulty cables leave wires exposed that will heat their surrounding insulation, which eventually catches fire and releases combustible gases. These gases build pressure beneath the manhole with nowhere to escape. A slight spark from the wires can easily ignite the gases and an enormous explosion is the result. And it’s happened half a dozen times in the last couple of years in Indiana.
In fact, city officials were worried enough about manhole covers flying into the air and injuring tourists that earlier this year Indiana Power and Light installed 150 new locking manhole covers all around Lucas Oil Stadium just in time for the Super Bowl. The new covers came with the hefty price tag of $2,000 each, but for the state it was a small price to pay to avoid deadly accidents on the crowded Indianapolis streets.
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Source. Fox59, ‘http://www.fox59.com/news/wxin-manhole-explosion-downtown-manhole-cover-explodes-underneath-car-thursday-20120531,0,1239261.column?track=rss,’ May 31, 2012.
Source. CBSlocal, ‘http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/01/30/security-officials-prepare-for-manhole-explosions-other-dangers-at-super-bowl/,’ January 30, 2012.
Source. HowStuffWorks, ‘http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/energy/exploding-manhole1.htm,’ Kevin Bonsor, 2001.