BUSHWICK — A manhole exploded Thursday morning at the intersection of Suydam Street and Myrtle Avenue Thursday morning, FDNY said.
"It was like a bomb, so loud," Luis Flores, 35, told DNAinfo. He was standing in front of his house on Suydam Street when the manhole blew.
No one was injured in the explosion, fire officials said.
Failures of underground electric equipment often cause manholes to blow after snow storms or in the summer when the equipment is overloaded by use from air conditioners, said Con Ed spokesman Allan Drury.
"The underground energy systems are very complex and components fail from time to time," Drury said.
But he added that an explosion on a mild Spring day like Thursday was unusual.
The blast did not cause any power outages and Con Ed crews were still checking equipment Thursday evening.