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As luxury condos sprout up in Adams Morgan, the neighborhood seems to be rivaling Georgetown as a hub of trendiness. It’s also catching up below ground: Nov. 21, an explosion blew the lid off a manhole at 18th and Kalorama Streets NW. According to the D.C. Public Services Commission, the blast, which drew firefighters to the smoky scene, was caused by the failure of a PEPCO electrical-cable joint. Similar manhole blasts have rattled Georgetown over the past three years. Joseph Nwude, chief engineer for the commission, says the Adams Morgan event is a symptom of growth. As more businesses and residents arrive in a neighborhood, Nwude explains, they consume more power, sometimes overloading existing distribution systems. “Adams Morgan has grown very fast,” Nwude says. “We’ve had a number of events there. It’s a trend, but not to suggest this is anything like Georgetown.” Chris Shott