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Explosion Injures West Palm Beach Workers

A couple of West Palm Beach city workers were injured when they accidentally set off an explosion after a transformer blew this morning.

The two men were taken to St. Mary's Medical Center under trauma alerts, according to fire rescue.

The explosion happened on the 100 block of Clematis Street near the fountain.

The men, who work for the city's parks and rec department, were doing landscaping near the city's new visitors' center when they dug a hole and hit a live power line. A transformer blew, setting off an explosion. A small fire also broke out.

One witness told the Palm Beach Post that she saw one of the men get thrown back ten to 15 feet in the air when they hit the wire. There was a loud explosion, and the ground trembled for a brief moment.

City workers are trained to call 811 so that markers can be set where there are electrical lines, as a safety precaution. It's unclear if this procedure was followed, according to the report.

The witness also said the two men were able to get up and walk around on their own before fire rescue arrived and took them to the hospital.

City spokesman Elliot Cohen says the men are in stable condition.

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