The manhole fire happened just before 11 p.m. on Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills.
Con Edison says a defective cable made three manholes smoke, causing a power outage. Crews cut the defective cable.
At least 3 separate manhole explosions in Forest Hills, Queens Blvd and 68th. Rocking street, building. Power now out. pic.twitter.com/Yg8EJUAEBs— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) February 20, 2017
Three cars were damaged by flying debris.
Users took to social media, saying the fire sounded like a large explosion.
Just underground on E train stuck right outside of 71st #ForestHills stop. Loud sound and then train shook. Anyone know what's going on??— Josh Rhett Noble (@JoshRhettNoble) February 20, 2017
One person who lives on Queens Boulevard says his building shook.
No injuries have been reported and power is back on in the area.