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Wellesley officials deny that Route 9 manhole exploded

Posted by Ralph Ranalli August 15, 2007 11:52 AM

WELLESLEY

Despite reports and rumors, officials are denying that a recent traffic jam on Route 9 was caused by an exploding manhole cover.

Wellesley Police Chief Terrence Cunningham told a recent Board of Selectmen's meeting that said police responded to a report that a Municipal Light Plant manhole cover on Route 9 near Emerson Street "blew off" on Monday, Aug. 6.

But Richard Joyce, director of the plant, said the cover did not really “blow off” but simply “became dislodged.” Although traffic was backed up into Newton, there were no accidents or injuries reported as a result of the incident, Joyce said.

-- Lisa Keen

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