NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Multiple manhole fires in Brooklyn have knocked out power in Borough Park.
Chopper 2 was over the scene Friday evening at 56th Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway as smoke poured out of the ground and into the street.
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The New York Fire Department is on the scene and tells CBS2 that power is out on several surrounding blocks.
First responders added that the fires are out and no injuries were reported.READ MORE: Hip-Hop Improv Show 'Freestyle Love Supreme' Returns To Broadway
Residents told CBS2 they heard a loud explosion and then saw the fire coming from the manholes. The residents allege that they’ve been complaining to Con Edison for weeks about their spotty electricity.
It is not yet known if there is a connection between the Friday’s fires and those reported power problems.
Due to FDNY activity, expect a heavy presence of emergency personnel in the area of Fort Hamilton Parkway and 56th Street in Brooklyn. Consider alternate routes and allow for additional travel time.
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Authorities are urging commuters in the area to expect traffic delays and use alternate routes through Brooklyn.MORE NEWS: Eligible New Jersey Residents Urged To Get COVID Booster Shot
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