THE DAILY MAIL – Part of New York’s legendary Times Square had to be partially closed this Sunday afternoon after a loud explosion caused panic among the crowd present, who began to stampede from the site in a moment of great uncertainty.
Shortly thereafter, the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) confirmed that an explosion and fire had occurred in three manholes located between 43rd Street and Seventh Avenue. No injuries were reported.
Surveillance cameras and the cell phones of those present have captured the minutes of panic that were experienced, images that have been shared on social media.
According to CBS, there was a cable failure that caused an explosion and a fire in a manhole. As a result, a cloud of dark gray smoke began to billow through up to three manholes.
As a precaution, firefighters evacuated people at the scene and closed part of Times Square for safety.
Emergency services reported finding elevated levels of carbon monoxide in a nearby office building from which firefighters checked the mezzanine and basement floors.
🚨#UPDATE: More video shows a different view moments after the manhole exploded that caused massing panic as people run away as they evacuate from the time square area so far no injuries have been reported at this moment pic.twitter.com/eVi5g3kyHf— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) April 11, 2022