NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Calls from customers concerned about gas leaks have risen sharply since the deadly explosion last week in the East Village, and Con Edison inspectors have been working at a frantic pace.
As WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported, Con Ed spokesman Alfonso Quiroz said in the six days after the explosion on Second Avenue on Thursday of last week, a 64 percent jump in emergency calls were reported.
In the last week, 1,700 people called in about the smell of natural gas – compared to less than 1,000 the week before.
“It’s actually a very good thing,” Quiroz said. “That’s what we consider a good thing, because the leaks that are dangerous are the leaks that aren’t reported to us.”