Manholes Explode Injuring 5 and Melting 2 Cars

WOODHAVEN, QUEENS – Several manholes spontaneously exploded in Queens earlier this week.
At approximately 1 a.m. on 88th road in Woodhaven flames spread through two vehicles, melting parts of the cars. Thick smoke and fire covered the neighborhood.

“At one point it was actually a popping sound and the flames just flew higher and then everything got black smoke and people were coming out and everybody was trying to breath,” resident Ines Sanabria said. “It was just crazy. Just something you would see in a movie.”

After the FDNY extinguished the fire, Con Ed sent crews out to repair the damage.
Workers pulled charred cables from underground Thursday morning. According to Con Ed, three customers lost power due to the incident.

Five people were taken to the hospital because of smoke inhalation.

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