A New York resident was seriously injured while smoking an e-cigarette. The device, alternatively known as a vaporizer, exploded in his face. The blast knocked out his teeth, ripped a hole in his tongue, and caused his hands to be covered in burns. "[It was] like an M80 bomb went off in my mouth," the man, Kenneth Barbero, told CNN.
The recent large explosion that occurred at 121 Second Avenue, New York, New York, has reportedly left at least 25 people injured with two people still missing, and caused the collapse of at least two buildings.
When we hear of a manhole explosion, we normally attribute the explosion to Consolidated Edison's manhole system. However, there are occasions when other manholes are involved in these explosions. In fact, there are thousands of other manholes throughout our region belonging to the City of New York and other entities. The failure of Con Ed and the City of New York, or other owners of manholes, to coordinate their activities and comply with industry standards can lead to catastrophic results.
Due to several recent snow storms, salt from the roadway is believed to have caused deterioration of electrical cables resulting in a multitude of manhole explosions in the New York City area last month. Unfortunately, one of these exploding manholes struck an elderly Brooklyn man in the head as he was walking his dog, critically injuring him.