Tribeca manhole explosions perplex police and fire departments

A couple manholes exploded because a small underground electrical fire. I covered the aftermath a few days later when the exact cause was still unknown. As this was less than a month after Greenwich Street flooded some people I interviewed thought the two events were connected.

The cause of last week’s underground electrical fire that caused two manhole explosions still eludes authorities and residents, with some speculating that damage from Hurricane Sandy played a part.

The incident took place at the intersection of Greenwich Street and Reade Street in Tribeca at around 11 a.m. on Sat., Nov. 10. Consolidated Edison, in addition to the police and fire departments, urgently responded to the scene. Con Ed spokesman Alfonso Quiroz said the accident “could be” Sandy-related but would not provide a definitive cause.

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