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An underground explosion has left parts of downtown Edmonton without power.

Holly Budd of Edmonton Fire and Rescue says there was work being done underground earlier in the evening when an explosion occurred and some gas was released on Monday night about 7:40 p.m.

She says a hazardous materials team was dispatched to monitor air quality and no problems were found.

There were also social media reports of man-hole covers having been blown off.

Tim LeRiche of Epcor, the city-owned power utility, says fire crews have cleared the underground vaults and Epcor crews are working on repairs.

LeRiche says the power outage affected nearly 1,000 customers in the downtown area.