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Manhole Explosion Shakes Downtown New Rochelle

Con Edison crews worked on the New Rochelle manholes well into the afternoon on Thursday. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
No injuries were reported after manhole covers exploded in New Rochelle. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
New Rochelle residents had to be evacuated following the manhole explosion. Photo Credit: Zak Failla

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – A manhole explosion shook downtown New Rochelle – both literally, and figuratively – on Thursday, forcing the emergency evacuation of two nearby buildings.

During the morning commute, a series of explosions could be heard on Harrison Street in New Rochelle after Con Edison equipment caught fire and combusted, sending flames and smoke billowing in the area shortly after 8 a.m.

Firefighters swiftly responded from the nearby station, alerting Con Edison crews that their assistance would be needed. As a precaution, residents at two apartment buildings were evacuated from the area due to high carbon-monoxide readings.

Fire crews were able to clear the scene by the afternoon, though Con Edison was still working on a pair of manholes. No injuries were reported.

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