Manhole fires reported on East Side

January 28, 2008 9:31:27 AM PST
At least two manholes went flying just before 10:30 this morning near East 23rd St and 2nd Ave. in Kips Bay. Officials say the cause of the exploding manhole covers is not known cable fires have been indicated as the possible cause. The scene was reportedly dark, with smoke was pouring from the manholes.

Con Ed says such fires can cause a buildup of gas which can blow the manhole cover into the air.

No property damage or power problems has been reported.