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Milwaukee's Public Market re-opens after underground blast Tuesday

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Milwaukee's downtown Public Market is re-opening Wednesday, after authorities feared an explosion from an underground fire around the lunch hour Tuesday.  

Police and fire officials concluded that no blast had occurred, even though road building crews were sure they heard an explosive sound. They also saw a flame below the ground as they were installing pilings as part of a rebuilding of the nearby Interstate 794.  

We Energies checked out the possibility of a natural gas problem, and found nothing awry in its facilities. A regional hazmat team is conducting additional tests to see what might have caused the loud sound.  

Fire officials could not explain a cause of the underground fire. Acting deputy chief Ray Goth said a piling may have started the fire -- and the flames eventually burned themselves out.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)