Emergency responders have been on Broadway between Union Square and 12th Street after a series of manhole explosions just after 8 this morning.
No word yet on the cause. There weren't any reports of injuries either. Will update when more information becomes available.
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Some details from the Daily News:
The blasts shattered the windows of the Strand Bookstore, which had not yet opened for the day, and forced the evacuation of 826 Broadway next door after eleveated carbon monoxide levels were detected, officials said.
The second manhole exploded under an FDNY firetruck that had rolled up to respond to the first explosion, damaging the vehicle, officials said.
The blasts were likely caused by damage from salt laid down during winter snowstorms and washed into the underground system by Friday morning’s rainstorm.
Updated 1:15 p.m.
Here's more from an updated WABC 7 report:
Multiple manhole fires that led to evacuations and building damage Friday, likely were caused by salt used on roads during snowstorms.
Salt laid down during winter washed into the underground system, according to the New York City Fire Department. When snow melts and mixes with salt, it can spark fires and explosions.
As for damage..
Three buildings had broken windows: 60 East 12th St., 70 East 12th St., 77 East 12th St.
There was interior damage and high carbon monoxide readings in 826 Broadway, which led to evacuations. In the basement of 817 Broadway, there also were high carbon monoxide readings.
There weren't any injuries reported.