An underground transformer explosion in downtown Indianapolis has prompted the evacuation of the building that houses several state court agencies, including the Division of State Court Administration and the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission.
The explosion occurred after 1 p.m. at 30 S. Meridian St., which led to smoke billowing out of the sidewalk in front of the building that is also home to the offices of the Board of Law Examiners, Continuing Legal Education Commission, and the Indiana Judicial Center. As a result of the incident, people are not being allowed back into the building. Chief Justice Brent Dickson has authorized court employees at that location to go home for the day.
Indiana Supreme Court Public Information Officer Kathryn Dolan said that calls to those agencies would not be answered as a result of the closure. The appellate clerk’s office, which is located inside the Statehouse several blocks away, remains open.
Indianapolis Power and Light is on scene, along with firefighters and police. The Indianapolis Fire Department reports there are no injuries and encourages people to stay away from the area while crews are working.