Natural Disasters

Exploding Transformer Takes Out Power to Thousands in NYC

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A massive transformer explosion rocked a Con Edison plant Monday night as Superstorm Sandy raged.

The explosion occurred just before 8:30 p.m. at the plant at 14th Street and the Franklin D. Roosevelt East River Drive. It was blamed for knocking out power to much of Manhattan. Power was down from 39th Street south all the way to the southern tip of Manhattan.

Con Ed said it could take up to a week for repairs to be made, and for power to be restored to the tens of thousands of customers left in the dark.