A Joralemon Street resident told reporters at the scene of this afternoon’s manhole explosions that a neighbor’s home renovation crew may be to blame. Reports claim that work was being done near 25 Willow Place. [Bklyn20 reports that contractors working for National Grid — possibly to run a gas line into the home — may have caused the accident. The Brooklyn Paper reports that Con Ed was working in the area.]
BHB’s Weegee adds this dispatch:
Looks like contractors doing excavation work in front of the MTA substation at 25 Willow Pl. hit a gas line, which caused the initial blast at Willow Pl. & Joralemon St. The electrical lines affected are all MTA, apparently. Power was supposedly out at Clark St. and Borough Hall for a short while, but was restored quickly. They were checking surrounding homes for carbon monoxide and gas. The paving stones on Joralemon around the manhole are upheaved. The manhole right next to the excavation site cooked off while crews were next to it. No injuries.
Riverside Apartments resident Andy sends in this dispatch and photos:
Here are some photographs I took from the roof of the Riverside Apartments on the corner of Joralemon and Columbia Place around 1:45. I live above Iris Cafe, halfway down Columbia Place. I heard a loud noise that sounded like a truck hitting a bump on the BQE behind my apartment, but it was odd since it echoed through my front door more than the back.
And BHB tipster Irene sends in this shot of buckled cobblestone on Joralemon Street:
Headline revised on 1/19/10 based upon additional information