Andrew Fine assumed lightning struck when he heard an explosion outside his Manhattan apartment on a recent Friday night.

But after one of his kids told him to look out their window, seeing “a car completely engulfed in flames,” he heard two more loud booms — and soon discovered that manholes were erupting beneath two cars parked on the block.

“We were freaked out,” Fine, 54, a longtime resident of the Upper East Side and vice president of the East 86th Street Association, said of the Feb. 4 blasts.

A car became engulfed in flames after a manhole exploded in Manhattan on February 5, 2022. Andrew Fine assumed lightning struck when he heard an explosion outside his Manhattan apartment on a recent Friday night.

But after one of his kids told him to look out their window, seeing “a […]

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