- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Authorities say 100 people had to be evacuated from a building in Washington Heights after a nearby manhole explosion.

The FDNY says the blast sent smoke into the building at West 163rd Street and Washington Avenue, raising carbon monoxide levels inside.

The explosion occurred around 5:30 p.m. Monday.


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WNBC-TV (https://bit.ly/1zxfhKb ) says residents were evacuated about three hours later after firefighters confirmed elevated CO levels at the building.

Four people were treated at the scene.



The cause of the explosion wasn’t immediately clear but weather was a factor in several other incidents Monday.

Two people were injured when a manhole cover flew about 50 feet into the air in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Utility officials say road salt, melting snow and ice can cause problems when they seep into the underground system.

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Information from: WNBC-TV, https://www.nbcnewyork.com

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