Well there she blows–not once, not twice, but thirteen times! Yes folks, feel free to keep your dirty little minds in the gutter because that is where the action was last night for the FDNY and NYPD.
Some of you might have woken up to quite the bang this morning when 13 manhole covers exploded into the sky along a stretch of Norman Avenue. The explosion happened at approximately 3 am after several residents complained of strong gas smells through out the early hours of the morning.
Thanks to a resilient Old Man Winter who continues to dump snow onto Greenpoint streets, the combination of salt and snow created a volatile cocktail for the city’s underground network of electric cables. Too much of the salty slush caused fuel to mount considerable pressure inside sewer pipes. When the load of carbon monoxide pressure grew to unsustainable heights, the pipes relieved themselves by shooting flames and manhole covers soaring several feet into the air.
Thankfully no one was injured and by 6 am the flames were under control.
In case you thought Greenpoint pipes were the only one feeling the pressure last night, think again. Only a few hours earlier, FDNY responded to another manhole fire in Chelsea thanks to salted electric lines. Like the incident on Norman Avenue, no injuries were reported.