Underground explosions a close call in New York


BROOKLYN, N.Y. (CNN/WABC) — Underground explosions in Brooklyn, N.Y., were caught on camera. Black smoke could be seen flowing from a manhole just before one of the explosions happened Monday morning. Witnesses also reported seeing flames coming from underground.

Emergency personnel were already on the scene investigating a smoldering manhole on one street when a cover blew off a block away. It hit an elderly man when it came down again.

“I actually witnessed it, the manhole. We were on the block, a block away, but the manhole cover was probably 40-50 feet in the air,” Stephen Corcoran, with FDNY Battalion 32. “And when it landed, it unfortunately struck this man.”

The man was taken to a hospital and is expected to recover. The only other injury was to a woman cut by flying glass in her apartment.

The underground explosions shattered windows up and down the street. A spokesperson for Con Edison said the fire was probably sparked by melting snow combined with street salt getting into the electrical system.

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