The Leavenworth Police Department received several calls this week as people reported hearing explosions.

The Leavenworth Police Department received several calls this week as people reported hearing explosions.

Maj. Dan Nicodemus, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Police Department, said the explosions were part of work being done by Capital Electric, a contractor for Westar Energy, for a transmission line project.

He said the Police Department received several calls about two explosions Tuesday afternoon.

According to Westar Energy spokeswoman Gina Penzig, Capital Electric is constructing a new transmission line for Westar Energy. She said explosives are used to create shockwaves that compress aluminum fittings onto conductors.

While people inside the city may have heard the explosions, the work is taking place to the west of Leavenworth, according to Kim Buchanan, deputy director for Leavenworth County Emergency Management.

“They're going to be happening all week long,” Buchanan said of the use of explosives.

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