Electrocution warning for dogs

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

February 19, 2014 2:19:55 PM PST
So one of those manholes exploded in front of my apartment building overnight. Flames and smoke shooting high, not to mention the manhole lid going airborne.

No one was hurt, fortunately, but it was the buzz of the neighborhood.

Everyone had been talking about the snowy winter, with streets slow to plow, garbage slow to collect, houses fast to leak, cars hard to dig out. Now the talk is all about the leaks and the stuck cars and the electrical nightmares of exploding manholes and the danger to dogs and humans walking on metal grates.

Electrocution is the fear ? and there have been reports of a couple of dogs dying after walking on the suddenly electrified grates.

Tonight at 11, our Jim Dolan goes out looking for answers ? why these grates become dangerous, and the best way to keep yourself and your family safe.

And if you're having trouble sleeping at night, this next story won't help you: ABC News is reporting new initiatives by terrorists to come up with more weapons. A new law enforcement bulletin warns that terrorists are developing shoe bombs, liquid explosives and explosives hidden in cosmetics to target commercial international flights. Charming.

And in Ukraine, is there a truce between the government and protesters? There appears to be ? this even though the head of the military has been fired for reportedly not wanting to shoot other Ukraine citizens. Wow.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast ? what a warm-up!, plus Rob Powers is in Tampa for the Yankees spring training and Derek Jeter's retirement announcement, with Laura Behnke in studio with the rest of the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.

And if you tire of the slippery slopes - why wait for your news? @abc7ny has your news at 11 p.m. with @billritter7 and @sadeabc


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