Garbage can sparks massive subway explosion as motorman tries to clear 3rd rail

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – A garbage can tossed on the subway tracks triggered a massive explosion when an MTA motorman tried to dislodge it, and now police are investigating possible vandal activity.

The video, posted Sunday to YouTube, was apparently recorded at the Cypress Ave. station in the Bronx.  The motorman climbed out of the cab of the No. 6 train and appeared to use a piece of wood to free the can, when, suddenly, he is enveloped by sparks as a deafening boom sends the cell phone photographer running in the opposite direction.

Miraculously, the motorman wasn’t seriously injured in the blast, according to MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz.  “We continue to work with [the] NYPD who have already arrested individuals a couple of weeks ago,” Ortiz said, referencing a recent spate of subway vandalism.

According to the person who posted the clip to YouTube, the video is the work of a group of teens who call themselves “conquestors.”  “A metal object close to it is all that is needed to create a massive spark . . . Note, these are vandals.  Not railfans,” the user wrote.

In early April, police arrested the 16-year-old son of an MTA motorman after he allegedly generated a similar explosion using a metal sign box torn from an A train and thrown on the tracks at Nostrand Ave. station.  Video in that incident shows a flash of sparks and a loud blast as a C train strikes the debris.

Vandals in recent weeks have also filmed each other causing havoc in other areas of the subway system.  One video shows a teen allegedly entering the subway crew cab of a moving train and playing with the controls.  Another group of teens was photographed while clinging to the back of a moving train.

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