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Members of the Staples boys volleyball team tonight celebrate winning the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship with a 3-0 victory over Newington at Southington. It was the fifth state title for the Westport volleyball team. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lauren Siegert for WestportNow.com

Underground Explosion Darkens Post Road East Businesses

An explosion in a manhole darkened parts of Post Road East in Westport’s center for more than four hours today and caused lengthy traffic backups. There were no injuries. WestportNow.com Image
Westport fire officials arrive on the scene in downtown Westport moments after a manhole explosion. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Miggs Burroughs for WestportNow.com

The explosion at Bay Street and Post Road East near the Westport Post Office occurred about 10:40 a.m. The lights came back on shortly before 3 p.m., fire officials said.

“It sounded like a big boom,” said Stephane Raveneau, owner of Chez Stephane Restaurant a few yards from where a manhole cover blew off.

He said he and about 40 students visiting the restaurant from a French class at a Trumbull school were startled by the sound and saw smoke coming from the hole. The students were sent back to school.

Levitt Pavilion’s Season Kicks Off June 25

The Levitt Pavilion’s 2006 season kicks off on June 25 with C.J. Chenier & the Louisiana Red Hot Band.

The performance starts at 7 p.m. at the pavilion, which is located behind the Westport Public Library.

Those attending the show are asked for a voluntary donation to the New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund.

The season runs through Aug. 27 with performances every night except Mondays.

The calendar is on the pavilion’s Web site, and updates can be heard by calling (203) 221-2153.

Workers Seek to Restore Power

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An explosion in a manhole at the intersection of Westport’s Post Road East and Bay Street today knocked out power to nearby buildings and disrupted traffic in the downtown area. No one was injured and utility workers restored power shortly before 3 p.m. Initially, firefighters were also concerned about elevated carbon monoxide levels in underground ducts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

Red Cross to Host Preparedness Expo Saturday

Now that the 2006 Hurricane Season has officially begun, the Mid-Fairfield County Chapter of the American Red Cross wants to help residents prepare for disasters.

Together with Westport emergency officials, the chapter will sponsor a free Disaster Preparedness Expo on Saturday at 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the chapter offices at 36 Church Lane. 

“Everyone should have an updated disaster plan and a disaster kit with enough supplies for three days,” said Michele DeLuca, chapter director of emergency services. “This Preparedness Expo will help people get better prepared and we hope everyone will take advantage of this opportunity:”

Residents will learn how to create a disaster plan and kit, sample and purchase disaster preparedness items and learn about generator and sump pump safety.

Blackout Hits Downtown

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A problem under ground caused a manhole explosion this morning that knocked out power in Westport’s downtown area on Post Road East. Firefighters and Connecticut Light and Power crews were on the scene to help repair the problem, and police redirected traffic. As of noon, 181 customers were without power in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com