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Explosion sound near Union Square caused by manhole fire, FDNY says

A manhole fire on Broadway caused a loud

A manhole fire on Broadway caused a loud noise that some described as a "huge explosion sound" on March 31, 2017. Photo Credit: @Groucho914 via Twitter

A manhole fire caused a loud explosion sound near Union Square Friday morning, the FDNY said. 

A call came in shortly before 8 a.m. about a fire in a manhole at Broadway and 12th Street, a spokesman said. The FDNY tweeted that multiple manholes were on fire, but did not have an exact number. 

People nearby tweeted that they heard a loud explosion sound. 

“Giant explosion behind me on Broadway as I was walking to work,” one user wrote.

The cause of the fire in under investigation.

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