Underground explosions, manhole fires, cut power in Brooklyn

Multiple manhole fires set a parked car ablaze and cut power for three apartment buildings in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn. Residents were awakened by blasts from the fires on Washington Avenue north of Myrtle Avenue just before 2:15 a.m. Friday. “I was watching a movie and heard a small boom, so I went to check what was going on,” said one resident. “In the backyard I saw lights were flickering but nothing real unusual. Went to the front and noticed that the transformer was on fire.” Firefighters arrived on the scene. One of the manholes was under a parked Volvo, setting the car on fire.
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