Sunday, January 5, 2014

Hundreds Without Power in Brooklyn Late Sunday: Smoking Manholes, Transformer 'Major Explosion' in Manhattan

Con Ed
 Reports of blown or smoking manholes are coming in to NYC emergency dispatchers from all around the city, and Con Ed reports that roughly 400 Brooklyn customers (that is likely more than 1,000 people) were without power as of 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The power outages are scattered all over Brooklyn, with 28 in Bay Ridge, 23 in Bath Beach, 25 near Kensington, 46 in Park Slope, 25 in Clinton Hill and many more. A smaller number were without power in Queens and Manhattan.

FDNY dispatchers received multiple reports Sunday late afternoon about exploding manholes, especially throughout Manhattan. 

A "major explosion" of a transformer was reported on the service road under the FDR Drive in Manhattan at 5:16 p.m. (It will affect the power at 7 Peter Cooper.) Con Ed is trying to get a crew together.

UPDATE: Emergency services asked Con Edison at 5:30 p.m. is anyone in effected area in on advanced life support.

UPDATE: Car needs to be removed from atop "active arcing" manhole in Manhattan.  UPDATE: Manhole steaming in front of 402 E. 83 St in Manhattan. Partial power outages from 402 - 428 E. 83rd. UPDATE: McDougal Street Manhole smoking at 6:05 p.m. UPDATE: Clyde Street in Queens, near 67 Street, report of a manhole fire at 6:12 p.m. UPDATE: Dispatch seems to be getting "smoking manhole," "manhole fire," or "arcing manhole" calls every 20 minutes. Too numerous to list.

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Anonymous said...

Fire engines were rushing into Whole Foods in Brooklyn when we left about 5pm or so. We didn't see fire but it wasn't a food run.

mcbrooklyn said...

Wow -- anyone know what that was about?

mcbrooklyn said...

OK, we got the answer to the Whole Foods question: FDNY says that around 5:05 p.m. they got a call that someone cut their leg at Whole Foods in Gowanus. (FDNY doesn't just fight fires, they run rescue missions, too.) They responded to the call; the person did not go to the hospital. (So we're guessing they weren't that seriously injured.)

Anonymous said...

Wow-thanks for the answer. I couldn't find out when I searched online.

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