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Blast Shuts Down Montreal Subway

April 15, 2000

MONTREAL (AP) _ An explosion apparently sparked by an electrical problem shut down Montreal’s subway system Saturday morning, a transit official said. No injuries were reported.

The blast and a subsequent fire knocked out the subway communication system, and yellow smoke that billowed out of two manholes caused authorities to evacuate about 100 people from their homes in case the smoke was toxic.

``We’re fortunate that this happened on a Saturday morning,″ when traffic was light, said transit spokeswoman Odile Paradis.

She said no train passengers were injured in the explosion at 7:45 a.m. at the Laurier subway station in central Montreal. Scores of buses were deployed throughout the city to transport people waiting for trains.

Paradis said she expected the subway system to be operating as usual by Monday.

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