Explosion Rocks Downtown Reno

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RENO - Power has been fully restored to residents and buildings of downtown Reno tonight after a large underground explosion rocked downtown Reno early Thursday morning.

A construction crew working underground at the intersection of Arlington and Second hit an underground electrical vault just after midnight.

The explosion was heard by residents, late night shoppers and local business employee's throughout the downtown area, some thought that a powerful earthquake had struck.

The explosion knocked out about two blocks of power, triggering numerous building alarms.

In the Kolo-8-News room we received numerous calls from downtown residents saying the explosion rocked buildings, one man even said he fell off his bed.

Many of the traffic lights in the area lost power due to the outage and local police advised drivers to be more alert while driving through the area until power was fully restored.

Sierra Pacific crews worked through the morning to restore power to the area, as many residents and businesses where left in the dark.