New York City Manhole Explosions Epidemic Puts Pressure On Con Edison

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – There is a demand for an investigation into what has become a plague in New York City this winter — exploding manholes that have put the public in danger, even sending some people to the hospital.

The explosions have been a scary side effect of a bad winter, often caused by salt poured on city streets to melt ice getting into cracks in cables. The resulting explosions have injured passersby and shocked others. There were 2,100 explosions in 2014 and more than 1,000 so far in 2015, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported.

“This time of year, as you know with salt being spread on the streets, we see manhole fires and they become very common. But just because they’re common, they’re not without consequence,” FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro told 1010 WINS.

In Park Slope last month a car exploded. Jacob Loban caught the incident on video.

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