An area of Long Causeway in Peterborough city centre was cordoned off following reports that a manhole cover ‘exploded’ this afternoon.
Emergency services attended the scene and an area outside the Marie Curie charity shop and Entertainment Exchange was taped off following the incident.
A number of shops and restaurants were left without power and engineers from UK Power Networks attended the scene.
Eyewitness Sarah Ratcliffe said: “Myself, my one-year-old and my three-year-old were maybe six metres away - could easily have killed them.”
A spokesman for UK Power Networks said: “UK Power Networks engineers quickly attended the Long Causeway area of Peterborough at 1.40pm today, after an incident was reported to us at 1.31pm by the fire brigade.
“We had 10 properties off supply from 1.31pm today but all had their power supplies restored at 3.38pm. We would like to apologise to them for any inconvenience caused.”
A police spokesman said: “We were called at about 1.10pm this afternoon (Monday, August 1) with reports of a manhole cover exploding into the air in Long Causeway, Peterborough.
“Thankfully no one has been injured, however the area has been evacuated.”
The cause of the incident was a fault on an underground power cable.