Water service has been restored in downtown Baltimore after a steam pipe explosion Sunday evening, according to the Department of Public Works.
Crews were working to install a gas line when a water main was struck and broke. The Baltimore City Fire Department said four workers were treated for injuries and three of them were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. All three have since been treated and released from the hospital, a department spokesperson said Monday.
The explosion originally caused water service interruptions at the Marriott Inner Harbor and Hilton Baltimore hotels and surrounding businesses.
Officials said the steam line explosion happened around 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of West Pratt Street and South Eutaw Street, and caused major traffic delays and detours.
It happened about a block from Oriole Park at Camden Yards, about two hours after Sunday’s home game ended.
“This is not what I expected coming to Baltimore,” said Peter Ingraham, who was visiting from California.
BGE said one of its crews struck an unmarked pipe, causing a water leak. That leak caused the steam line to rupture north of the struck water main on Eutaw Street.
The steam explosion caused pieces of gravel and roadway to explode, which injured four workers.
“We never want to be in a situation like this,” Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott said. “We are grateful that we didn’t have serious injuries, no one was really, really hurt badly in this incident.”
BGE said the steam system in the area has been turned off, and electricity and gas in the area remain unaffected.
Two lanes are open eastbound on Pratt Street between Green and Howard Streets, according to a tweet from the Baltimore City Department of Transportation. Pratt Street was previously closed due to the explosion. Eutaw Street between Pratt and Lombard Streets remains closed, the tweet said.
There is also a detour in place on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, while Paca Street will remain open for northbound traffic, according to the city’s Department of Public Works.