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Manhattan Manhole Explodes Right Behind TV News Reporter: Gothamist

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(via Citizen)

At least four people were injured after multiple manhole explosions in Manhattan on Wednesday. And one of those explosions was even captured on camera as an NBC reporter set up for a live shot to cover the initial manhole fire. Watch how anchor and reporter Jummy Olabanji maintains her poise as shit is literally blowing up around her:

An FDNY spokesperson confirmed that the incident started around 9:45 a.m. with a report of a manhole fire at 6 E. 32nd Street, located near both the Midtown and Murray Hill neighborhoods. Four people, including three firefighters and one civilian, were injured. They were all transported to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

Con Edison was called to turn off power in the area, and first responders closed off 32nd Street between Fifth and Madison avenues. At least three buildings were evacuated as well, including the nearby Chelsea Day School, because elevated carbon monoxide levels were detected due to the fire.

The FDNY said that 25 units and 106 firefighters have been called to the area so far. They say that it is unclear what started the fire, and added that as of 1 p.m., the fire is still not under control yet, and they remain on the scene. In many cases, manhole fires and explosions are caused by street salt corroding electrical wiring.





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