Video, pics: Con Ed plant explosion blamed for massive NYC outage; power could be out for a week

At 3:38 a.m., according to scanner traffic, FDNY personnel were still battling an earlier Con Ed transformer plant explosion blamed for the massive power outage in NYC. Watch:

Now CBS NY Reports 4,100,000 Customers w/out power…. customer = families = about 12 – 13 Million people

— Afterseven (@Afterseven) October 30, 2012

Many Twitter users witnessed it in real time:

I literally saw that Con-Ed transformer blow up from my front porch that is fucking crazy. And it was the most beautiful blue I’ve ever seen

— Nalae not Nae-Nae (@nova_os) October 30, 2012

hunch was right – those flashes were apparently a Con Ed transformer in Greenwood, according to a few twitter accounts

— Bryan B (@subinev) October 30, 2012


Con Ed transformer explosion from earlier. Saw this happen from window across river. Unreal. Lit up entire block.…

— S.M (@redsteeze) October 30, 2012

just saw the con Ed transformer explode from our apartment…crazy… seriously thought it was lightning

— brittney reecy (@brittneyreecy) October 30, 2012

Con Ed: Lower Manhattan power outage could last up to a week. ‘We are in a bit of uncharted territory.’

— WSJ Greater New York (@WSJNY) October 30, 2012

NYT Metro Desk:

At least 660,000 people in New York had lost power as of late Monday night, the result of a higher than normal storm surge, a planned power shut-down and an explosion at a substation in Manhattan, John Miksad, a senior vice-president at Consolidated Edison said in a news briefing.

The explosion occurred on Monday evening at a substation in the vicinity of 14th Street and the FDR Drive, Mr. Miksad said. The precise cause of the blast was unknown, but Mr. Miksad said flood waters or flying debris could have been involved. It knocked out power to about 250,000 people, he said.

#ConEd “This is the largest storm-related outage in our history,” said Con Edison Senior Vice President for Electric Operations John Miksad

— Con Edison (@ConEdison) October 30, 2012

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