New Yorkers got the scare of their lives on Friday morning when a huge manhole exploded near the Union Square area.
Daily Mail reported that the explosion occurred just before 8am at the intersection of Broadway and East 12th Street, and it led to three manhole fires. Though officials have not said what caused the explosion, trucks for the city’s gas provider, ConEdison, were on the scene.
The explosion was extremely loud and was so powerful that it blew out windows of The Strand bookstore and the apartments above.
“It we a transformer explosion. There was smoke billowing out of the corner,” said Jeff Ayers, manager for the Forbidden Planet bookstore next door. “It was a transformer explosion. There was smoke billowing out of the corner.”
“I have talked to a number of residents in the building and it woke them up. Some of the windows were shattered. The Strand windows have blown out,” he added. “It doesn’t seem Iike anyone got hurt.”
We will update you further as this story develops.