Defective cable causes power outages in Forest Hills

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Firefighters placed multiple manhole fires under control in Forest Hills, Queens on February 20, 2017. (PIX11)

FOREST HILLS, Queens – Officials say a defective cable caused a power outage in Forest Hills, Queens.

Firefighters responded to emergency calls at about10:45 p.m. on what officials originally described as a manhole fire.

Con Edison said a defective cable made three manholes smoke. Residents in the area complained of an initial loud boom, followed by two other smaller explosions.

Con Ed temporarily shut down electricity in the surrounding area but power has been restored, according to the utility company’s outage map.

Smoke could be seen emerging from the street before firefighters placed it under control less than two hours later.

There were no reported injuries, FDNY says.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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