Wednesday, February 12, 2014

[UPDATED] Reader report: Did Con Ed leave some exposed wires on Avenue B?



A concerned East Village resident sent the above photo and this note...

This is how Con Ed left the repair site directly inside the crosswalks of the Earth School/P.S. 64 on Avenue B and East 5th Street.

One would hope that there is no possibility that a current could exist in these wires. However, they are certainly secured with the shrink-wrap caps that is Con Ed's protocol for securing live cables.

This does not instill confidence. We don't have any way of knowing if the cables are dead or simply capped. Nor does it seem to be an exercise in good judgement to leave the appearance of exposed wires like this within the crosswalks of an elementary school.

And the snowfall that will fall tonight will quickly cover these up…

Updated 9:35 a.m.

Con Ed spokesperson Allan Drury left this comment: "This cable is not live and poses no danger. It previously provided temporary power. We will remove it as soon as weather permits."

13 comments:

Scuba Diva said...

Is there any way of alerting ConEd to this?

Anonymous said...

Hopefully someone called 311 and or the Con Ed emergency line, right?

Anonymous said...

They look like the black mambo style con ed wires...

VH McKenzie said...

I've stepped over these wires for several months…..MONTHS.

Giovanni said...

This looks like a continuation of ConEd's ongoing East Village free electricity giveaway program. Step right up and get all the free kilowats you can handle, limit 10,000 volts per customer.

nygrump said...

I guess thats why I pay the $25 service charge every month for the $5 of electricity. Or not, just wanted to bitch.

Allan Drury of Con Edison said...

My name is Allan Drury and I am a spokesperson for Con Edison. This cable is not live and poses no danger. It previously provided temporary power. We will remove it as soon as weather permits.

Eric Bahringer said...

Maybe ConEd was participating in Darwin Day?

Chip Diller of Con Ed said...

Remain calm, all is well! ALL IS WELL!!!

Shawn G. Chittle said...

Thanks Allan! Much appreciated that you stopped by and said hello and let us know!

Anonymous said...

I bet if you stick your tongue on it today bad things will happen.

Anonymous said...

Still ain't going anywhere near there. ConEd, you are not exactly a trustworthy ally.

Anonymous said...

How do we know that is really a Con Ed spokesman and not just any mook goofing around?