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Manhole Explosion Near MTA Substation Causes Major Subway Delays

(DNAINFO) Katie Honan | December 26, 2016 — The fire broke out Sunday night after 10 p.m, according to the FDNY.

A manhole explosion next to the Seventh Avenue subway station caused a shutdown of power to the third rail power and forced 1,000 passengers to evacuate from subways Sunday night, according to the FDNY and the MTA.

The fire also “severely damaged” electrical components to several subway lines in Midtown, which will require permanent repairs, the MTA said on its Facebook page.

The fire broke out after 10 p.m. on Sunday near the MTA’s central substation at 126 West 53rd St., officials said.

More than 1,000 passengers had to be rescued from subway cars along Seventh Avenue after power was cut to the third rail.

Service was restored Monday morning but there were multiple delays and service changes on the A/C/E line, the B/D/F/M and N/Q/R/W lines, according to the MTA website.

Source: Manhole Explosion Near MTA Substation Causes Major Subway Delays – Midtown – DNAinfo New York