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Manhole Explosions In Times Square Rattle Tourists, Theater Attendees – Deadline

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A number of manhole cowl explosions in Times Square despatched crowds of vacationers and the exiting opening night time viewers of Broadway’s Birthday Candles scrambling Sunday night time.

In response to Con Edison, fires attributable to cable failure prompted at the very least one loud, booming manhole explosion in Occasions Sq., and a second manhole was smoking. “Right now, there have been no buyer outages, and no studies of accidents or property harm,” Con Edison mentioned in a press release. “Our crews stay on location.”

An attendee at tonight’s early night opening night time of the Roundabout Theater Firm’s Birthday Candles mentioned the efficiency had already come to a detailed and crowds have been submitting out of the W. forty second Road venue when the explosion occurred. Some panicked theatergoers headed for exits, whereas others who had already made their manner outdoors ran again into the venue away from the chaos outdoors.

The solid, headed by star Debra Messing, had already existed the stage.

An eyewitness instructed Deadline that there have been no obvious accidents contained in the theater.

In response to varied media studies, the fires began simply earlier than 7 p.m. within the neighborhood of W. forty third Road and seventh Avenue, the guts of Occasions Sq. and the Broadway theater district. New York firefighters examined surrounding properties and found elevated carbon monoxide ranges at an 18-story workplace constructing on W. forty third St., in accordance with studies. The NYFD started venting the constructing.

Manhole explosion within the metropolis are a not unusual prevalence, and although horrifying sometimes result in private accidents.