Showing posts with label manholes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label manholes. Show all posts

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Another smoking manhole on 12th Street

There were reports of another smoking manhole on 12th Street... the first reports came in before midnight here between First Avenue and Second Avenue (looks to be outside the Sirovich Center at No. 331) ... 

Per the resident who shared the top photo: "Went on for hours, was super loud." 

Citing Gothamist again about these winter-time incidents:
The phenomenon typically happens after a major winter storm, as de-icing salt seeps into the ground, corroding subterranean wires and unleashing gas, which in some cases sparks fires and blows the several-hundred-pound manholes straight into the sky.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Manhole watch on 12th Street

There was a report earlier this afternoon — via the Citizen app — of an exploding manhole on 12th Street between Second Avenue and Third Avenue. 

Nothing appears to have actually exploded here outside No. 222... though we have a smoker... the FDNY is on the scene and keeping watch...
This kind of thing is to be expected these days TBH. As Gothamist has reported:
The phenomenon typically happens after a major winter storm, as de-icing salt seeps into the ground, corroding subterranean wires and unleashing gas, which in some cases sparks fires and blows the several-hundred-pound manholes straight into the sky.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Report of a maintenance hole explosion on 1st Avenue

Here's an early reader report... this happened on First Avenue between Fifth Street and Sixth Street:
Last night aprox 3 a.m. there was a HUGE series of explosions rocking the entire block. What sounded like extremely loud electrical crackling was booming as a sustained series of explosions that lasted 10-15 minutes as giant clouds of acrid smoke rose from a vent in the street near the bike lane directly in front of 87-89 First Ave. 

The bizarre crackling/buzzing/explosion sound had me thinking we were under attack again (9/11 flashback). Either that or some kind of "Cloverfield" situation... Multiple firehouses and emergency agencies arrived. 
Con Ed and other emergency crews are on the scene this morning... no official word on what happened. According to the Citizen app, the FDNY described this as a maintenance hole explosion.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Waiting on the manhole

As of about 8:30, Avenue B is closed between Fifth Street and Seventh Street ... ConEd and the FDNY are on the scene outside Sunny & Annie's... there's a smoking manhole and an unconfirmed report that this was caused by lightning...

Sunny & Annie's is temporarily closed, breakfast ruined.

Updated 1 p.m.

As you can see the Avenue is back open to traffic... and Sunny & Annie's is back open.

Multiple residents who live nearby say this was a lightning strike...

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Reader report: manhole explosion on 2nd Avenue

Early this morning, there was a manhole explosion on Second Avenue between First Street and Houston ... Felton Davis, who shared these photos, reports that the block is closed and there is an array of helicopters overhead ... Con Ed and the FDNY are on the scene.

No reports of injuries or cause at the moment.

CBS New York reports that three manhole covers were blown off ... "but there are no reports of any smoke, fire or power outages."

Saturday, April 1, 2017

A look at the scene from yesterday's manhole explosions on 12th Street and Broadway

Crews from Con Ed and Verizon along with some personnel from the FDNY and NYPD remain at the site of yesterday morning's manhole explosions on Broadway at 12th Street

The streets have reopened ... the sidewalk on the east side of Broadway near the Strand is closed...

A scene from yesterday morning...

Per the Daily News:

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.

No one was injured and a Con Ed spokesman said there was no disruption in service.

The corner businesses were open ... the Bean and Pret a Manger ...

The Strand, which was not open for the day at the time of the blasts, lost several windows. They will be back open today.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Updated: Manhole explosions reported near Union Square

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.

Updated noon:

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.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

A smoking manhole on 7th Street

[Photo by Derek Berg]

There was a report of a car that appeared to be smoking yesterday on Seventh Street between Avenue A and First Avenue. Someone called it in... turns out it was the manhole the car was parked over that was causing the disturbance in the force concern...


The FDNY blocked off the street around 4 p.m. while ConEd came to check it out.

Apparently there's nothing imminently serious here... as of this morning, just some ConEd cones and FDNY fire line tape remain...

... the car has been moved/shoved back... and the manhole continues to smoke/gurgle... salt is likely the culprit on the wiring, per unnamed observers...

Also, unrelated, someone broke the window at Todd Hase, the high-end home furnishings shop that just opened here at No. 111 back on Monday night...

Saturday, April 9, 2016

[Updated] Manhole problems on 9th and C

We've heard several varying reports this morning about FDNY and Con Ed activity on the northeast corner of Avenue C and Ninth... One reader reported hearing "an explosion" around 9 a.m.

The FDNY was quickly on the scene...

Unofficial word here is a fire in the electrical cables underground ...

[Photo by Dave on 7th]

Updated 10:28 a.m.

Bystanders say the fire is not coming from a manhole... but rather a Con Ed sidewalk grating/access hatch... Con Ed and the FDNY are still on the scene.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Some early xmas eve smoking manhole action on East 14th Street

Several readers told us about smoke billowing (or whatever) from a manhole on East 14th Street at Avenue B around 3 … and the FDNY was quickly called to the scene, EVG reader Greg Masters noted…

Monday, February 10, 2014

You may want to avoid this car parked over the smoking manhole on East 3rd Street

Anyway happen to know how long this car has been blocked off with the Con Ed tape and cone here on East Third Street between Avenue A and Avenue B?

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Manhole fire on Cooper Square

We don't know too many details of what happened here between East Fifth Street and East Fourth Street ... other than what you can see in this photo via EVG reader Marc that shows the scene... and a car not looking too well at the moment.

Anyway, you always post photos of manhole fires.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

[Updated] Fire in the manhole on Third Avenue

Well, @Alexander_Stein sent along this photo... from about 20 minutes ago on Third Avenue at Astor Place/St. Mark's Place... you can see the FDNY arriving in the background...

11:19 — four trucks on the scene...

Via @MotoColor at 11:19 ...

Via @jarroddickenson

Via Grace Elizabeth Mangum on Facebook around 1 p.m. ...

The intersection remains closed off... and FDNY, NYPD and ConEd are on the scene...

Via Bonnie DeWitt on Facebook around 2:15 ... showing the scene now...

And later... the site filled our hearts with song... via @Troyquan ...

Thursday, September 8, 2011

More photos from this morning's Second Avenue manhole fire

Our friend Elizabeth Frayer of New York Natives sent along photos from this morning's manhole fire on Second Avenue at Seventh Street.

As she notes, "Con Ed emergency trucks, Second Avenue closed off, firefighters blasting water at a smoking manhole..."

Readers reported smelling smoke up to 10 blocks away.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Aerial views of the Essex-Houston Street fire

EV Grieve reader Chris sends along more photos from the street/sewer/manhole/whatever fire currently burning on Essex at Houston...

Even the workers are impressed with the fire... this fellow is either taking photos or texting — or both!

Per Chris: "Fire department seems to be mostly just watching" for the time being...

Update: As of 2:11 or so, Chris notes that the fire is out.

[Updated] A big boom and fire on Houston and Essex

Just around 1:30 at Houston and Essex... Photos via Anonymous Octopus ...

Per the Anonymous Octopus: "Smells electrical. Some nice pretty mushrooms puffing out."

Three more shots from EV Grieve contributor samo...

Per samo: "Some are saying electrical fire where there was road construction."

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Things that go clunk-clunk, CLUNK! in the night (and day) on East Sixth Street

Here are some signs on apartment buildings along Sixth Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue...

The signs provide a detailed report of the situation ...

... a "noisy manhole cover."

"[A]s the weather has changed, the gasket seal that's supposed to prevent movement of the manhole cover has disintegrated, and now the noise problem has grown completely deafening. If you live in an apartment facing the street, and live at or near 335 East 6th Street, you are likely being driven crazy by the sound of the rattling manhole cover."

And here's what you can do about it...