This dramatic video shows the moment a manhole exploded just inches away from a man and firefighters .

The video, shared on YouTube, shows smoke emerging from the manhole in Long Beach, California.

Seconds later, the manhole cover explodes in a gout of flames and lands back over the hole.

One firefighter can be seen in the video running away from the scary scene, along with the man who filmed the dangerous incident, Chris G. Kreuz.

The incident was believed to be caused by an electrical vault explosion that left hundreds in the area without power. 

Watch the dramatic footage below.

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