A series of underground explosions Thursday night prompted the evacuation of dozens of residents north of the intersection of Fillmore and Cascade in Colorado Springs.
Around 8:15 p.m., residents reported that several manholes were "blowing up" in the area. As a precaution, Cascade was closed from Fillmore to Winters. Sunflower Road was also closed.
Colorado Springs Police evacuated approximately 40-50 residents who live in the immediate area, including people in at least one trailer park. They gathered at the Kmart parking lot at N. Nevada and Fillmore to wait for more information.
Around 10:20 p.m., many of the residents were allowed to walk back to their homes. They were not allowed to take their vehicles, just as a precaution. People who live right along Sunflower Road were still not allowed to return home.
A Colorado Springs Fire Department spokesperson said initial tests did not indicate there was a natural gas problem. He speculated that it may be a buildup of naturally-occurring methane.
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