A manhole cover popped right off as thick black smoke burst out of the manhole in Long Island City Sunday morning.
Dozens of people were evacuated from a Manhattan subway station and three neighboring buildings due to a transformer fire, the Fire Department said.
A power outage prompted the evacuation of about 100 guests at a Times Square hotel late Sunday afternoon.
A manhole fire left part of Staten Island without power in the middle of a brutal heat wave overnight, and Con Edison has reduced voltage in many areas in as crews repair equipment.
A manhole fire cut power to customers Tuesday afternoon in eastern Queens.
Con Ed says two cables caught fire on Amsterdam Avenue from 131st Street to 133rd Street. The fire caused some of the manhole covers to blow off, Con Ed said.
The fire erupted on 59th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue and was later extinguished. Traffic in the area is back to normal and power is expected to be restored sometime Friday night for affected customers.
CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis was live at the scene and reported that workers hit a gas line and some electrical lines while working on a trench around 3 p.m. Friday. That caused an explosion that came up through a manhole.