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2 injured as line testing in the Bronx causes explosion, buckling in the street: FDNY

Posted: 3:54 PM, Sep 26, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-26 22:17:47-04

MT. EDEN, the Bronx — A hole was left in the middle of a Bronx road and the street and cars were covered in dust after a gas line test Thursday, an FDNY official said.

Con Edison was testing in front of 35 East Clarke Place around 3 p.m., officials said. An explosion caused buckling and undermining of the roadway.

Officials say they were pressurizing a gas main that had no gas in it. The main ruptured and caused the blast.

FDNY officials confirm that two people suffered minor injuries. ConEd confirmed none of their workers were hurt.

Officials initially said they used nitrogen in the testing, but later Thursday said no nitrogen was used.