MIDTOWN, Manhattan — At least six people were injured and several buildings had to be evacuated after several manhole explosions in midtown Wednesday morning.
It happened just before 10 a.m. on East 32nd Street between Madison and Fifth avenues.
Heavy smoke was seen coming out of several manholes.
Firefighters realized the air quality in the area was toxic, with high levels of carbon monoxide forcing them to evacuate several buildings, including a school.
One firefighter and one Con Edison worker suffered minor injuries, fire officials said. At least four additional injures were reported.
Motorists are advised to expect traffic delays, road closures and heavy emergency response presence in the area.
Consider taking alternate routes and allow for extra travel time.