Video: Explosive Garbage Fire Causes Scare In Manhattan Subway Station
A fiery explosion on a subway platform caused a scare for straphangers this week.
A police spokesperson said the incident happened around 2 p.m. on Wednesday at the 103rd Street station in the Manhattan Valley area. They say that three shopping carts were set on fire on the south end of the southbound 1 platform. You can see video of the fire below, including an explosion, as viewed from a passing train.
FDNY contained the fire at the scene, and no one was injured. An FDNY spokesperson said that the explosion was likely caused by cans of aerosol spray that were in the carts.
The explosion and subsequent investigation caused several delays on the 1 that day. Straphangers tweeted at the time about being stuck in the tunnel and hearing the explosion, or being evacuated from the station.
Just had to evacuate the subway after several explosions underground… 1 train at 103rd… it’s crazy. One explosion when we were on the train and another 3 or 4 after we got above ground. No idea… pic.twitter.com/GHXv6NUago
— Matt in Jersey (@bynermack2k) December 11, 2019
Can you explain? We were stuck on a train there with smoke for a while. Before that we heard around 4 bangs that shook the train. Passing the station, there seemed to be wall damage evidencing an explosion.
— Eli S. (@NewYorkSplendor) December 11, 2019
I was just there scary we heard the explosions 2:11-2:15
— Barbara Heller (@BarbIsFunny) December 11, 2019
No arrests have been made, and cops add that they are investigating the incident as criminal mischief.