Anorak | Con Ed New York: The Blackout, The Volcano, The Hole

Con Ed New York: The Blackout, The Volcano, The Hole

by | 19th, July 2007

arttransformerwabc.jpg IT’S easy to dismiss New Yorkers’ panic during fires, explosions and blackouts as paranoia.

But when your city is the engine house of the world’s most hated democracy, and when terrorists have flown planes into your skyscrapers, you’ve got every right to be afraid when there’s a massive explosion and people start fleeing for their lives, as Anorak reported yesterday.

The steam pipe blast near Grand Central Terminal at the height of rush hour was the perfect phantom terror scare, striking at the heart of Manhattan during a peak commuter time.

The blast, which was followed by a scalding jet of 200-degree steam, was enough to give one woman a fatal heart attack and seriously injure 30 others, including a man whose tow truck was thrown into the 15-by-25 ft crater.

This morning’s newspapers are full of stories of brave rescuers , fears of asbestos poisoning and echoes of 9/11 .

But the story they don’t tell is the way the rest of the city carried on as normal, largely because no one had any idea what was going on.

As it happens, this correspondent was sitting a few blocks away in the New York Public Library when the “Midtown Volcano” erupted on East 41st Street between Lexington and Third Avenue just before 6 pm yesterday.

New York had been hit by a number of thunderstorms and heavy showers that morning so no one took the loud bang to be anything other than thunder, despite

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