Con Ed files lawsuit against the city, claiming NYC to blame for East Harlem blast

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EAST HARLEM, Manhattan -- More than a year after the deadly East Harlem explosion, the city is facing yet another lawsuit, this time from the gas company itself.

Con Edison says the city was warned and allowed the infrastructure to crumble, leading to the blast that killed  eight and injured dozens.

In a lawsuit just filed, Con Ed claims it's the city's fault their gas lines leaked and leveled two apartment buildings.

The energy company in its suit says the city knew about the faulty infrastructure before the blast in March 2014.

Con Ed claims the city's Department of Transportation was told about "depressions and cave-ins in the roadway at Park Ave between east 116th and 177th Streets many times over several years'--including the week before the explosion.

According to the suit, inspectors found erosion and an underground crack in a cast iron water main that caused debris to damage the gas lines.

In the court documents filed Friday Manhattan superior Court, it claims, the breach under the road caused the blast.

Lawyers are asking for money for cleanup costs and for other settlements it anticipates paying out.

Both Con Ed and the city are facing hundreds of lawsuits.

The NTSB will release its final report on the disaster later Tuesday.


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