New York tourists rush to Times Square after ‘huge explosion’ caused by manhole fires


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A loud bang caused by several sewer well fires near Times Square on Sunday evening sent people rushing through downtown Manhattan.

Three manhole covers caught fire around 6:45 p.m. on W 43rd St between 7th and 8th Avenues, an area of ​​the city that is packed with tourists most hours, according to the FDNY.

There were no injuries as a result of the incident, according to preliminary reports from the NYPD and FDNY.

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Firefighters discovered high levels of carbon monoxide near where the explosions occurred and are ventilating the area, an FDNY spokesperson told Fox News Digital.

Videos posted to social media showed people carrying shopping bags running down 48th Street.

“There’s just a huge explosion,” Brad Ball, who was standing in the center of Times Square at the time of the explosion, told Fox News Digital. “It didn’t seem extraordinarily close, but it was definitely a blast.”

Manhole fires more than doubled in New York between fiscal 2020 and 2021, to 6,104 last year, according to the mayor’s management report released last year.

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Manhole fires often occur when gas builds up underground and is ignited by an electrical short, sending an explosion down the path of least resistance, which is usually a manhole, according to the magazine. Fire Engineering.

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