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— Jenna Stern (@JennaStern) February 2, 2015
Be careful out there in this slushy, awful storm. In an incident that likely had to do with the rock salt laid down to combat the snow and ice accumulation, a substance which also tends to corrode electrical cables, a manhole in Park Slope exploded this morning at about 11: 20 a.m. on Prospect Park West near Fifth Street. Two people nearby to the conflagration were injured, including a man who was hit in the head by a flying manhole cover.
According to FDNY officials, a woman was taken to the hospital after the force of the explosion shattered her apartment windows. The man struck by the flying manhole cover was also hospitalized with minor injuries. Witnesses told DNA Info that the manhole cover was blown some 25 feet in the air and black smoke continued to pour from the manhole for at least the following hour. Also, it was loud. So loud that John Hodgeman heard it.
I heard a loud boom and immediate sound of sirens, but no windows shaking as some are reporting. (re Park Slope Brooklyn)
— John Hodgman (@hodgman) February 2, 2015