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Citizens Energy updates pipe burst in downtown Indy that sent steam, debris sky-high

An underground steam pipe burst at the intersection of Michigan Street and Senate Avenue Saturday.

INDIANAPOLIS — Citizens Energy said Monday a contractor for a telecommunications provider hit an AES Indiana power line near a Citizens facility Saturday that sent steam and debris into the air.  

As a result, the Citizen's facility experienced a power interruption that impacted steam supply.

Citizens said as they began to restore the steam supply the leak occurred.

Citizens said a leak is rare and did not occur due to lack of maintenance or corroded infrastructure.

Indianapolis firefighters went to the intersection of Michigan Street and Senate Avenue around 2:40 p.m. Saturday for an underground steam pipe that had erupted near a Kroger grocery store. 

Firefighters urged the public to stay away from the area while Citizens Energy Group worked to shut down the pipe. 

"STAY AWAY from area on foot, bike or car," IFD said in a tweet that featured a video of the pipe erupting Saturday. 

By 3:43 p.m., the burst pipe was brought under control. 

After one more push of heavy steam, Citizens Energy Group was able to get the underground steam pipe shut down. 

IFD said the public should continue avoiding the area while Citizens Energy investigates the cause of the pipe bursting. 

No one was injured during this incident. 

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