The explosion was heard as far as 40 blocks away from the scene. Thick black smoke has been billowing out of the explosion site for hours.
The explosion reduced the two, five-story buildings to rubble, shattered store windows for blocks and hurled glass, bricks and other debris throughout the neighborhood.
Investigations into the East Harlem explosion have been launched by the Fire Department of New York, Con Edison, as well as the National Transportation Safety Board.
An explosion that caused the collapse of two buildings in East Harlem Wednesday morning has shocked the neighborhood.
The utilities have not increased the costs. Rather, natural gas is a commodity and in this frigid winter, the wholesale price of natural gas has hit record levels.
Melting snow and ice is causing some electrical issues in Manhattan.
Weekly snowstorms are creating major headaches across the Tri-State area and things are likely to get worse before they get better.
Utility problems following last week’s big snowstorm have left a Brooklyn couple feeling powerless.
Another winter storm has battered the Tri-State, and could dump another 6 inches of heavy, wet snow by the time it’s all over.
The unusually cold temperatures means some Con Ed customers are paying an average of 15 to 20 percent more this year than last to heat their homes and keep the lights on.
The utility says the problems are due to road salt, melting snow and ice getting into the underground electrical system.
Residents of West Harlem were asked to conserve energy Wednesday evening due to weather-related problems with electrical cables.
A winter storm warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday for most of the region as a wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain is expected to fall throughout the day.
Almost 2,000 customers were without power on Staten Island Tuesday, as a snowstorm clobbered the area.
The extreme cold in recent days has led to a new winter one-day record for national gas and electric service use by Con Edison customers.