ALBANY, N.Y. -- An investigation is underway into
what caused several manhole covers to explode in downtown Albany Saturday.
the manholes exploded right in front of one of the oldest buildings in Albany.
A store manager in the area is glad no one was hurt, but says if the explosion
happened just a few hours later the impact could have been far worse.
manhole cover that's on the patio actually did shoot up and hit the building
behind us," said Seamus Caffrey of Old English Pub.
was no one inside the Old English Pub when the manhole exploded, but it did do
damaged some of the bricks and one of the windowsills and it did actually take
down one of the flags that caused some breakage of glass," said Caffrey.
Mayor Jerry Jennings was less than pleased when he headed downtown to Broadway
to learn four manholes had exploded at around 5:30 am.
is something we're not going to tolerate any longer. Enough is enough," said
angry that after similar explosions in the city last year, the problem now
still seemed to him to be unresolved.
happening too frequently and it's time for National Grid and everyone to sit
down and put a strategy together," said Jennings.
Grid says the incident is not uncommon and they respond to similar ones every
year. Spokesperson Patrick Stella says cables began to catch on fire causing
chemicals to build up igniting explosions and he had a reason why.
"The salt and the other chemicals from the street gets washed into the
underground system and what that can do is it can erode the cables underneath,"
Jennings says no matter what the cause he demands the company takes action to
stop the dangerous events.
"The infrastructure here in this city is very, very old. They know that. There
has to be ways for them to attack it to prevent it."
are still working to repair the wires and damages caused by the explosions. The
English pub says National Grid and the city said they would take care of
damages caused to the historic building.
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