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Deja vu: Manhole cover explodes in Albany
ALBANY -- "Someone is going to get killed, if this continues the manhole covers are 300 pounds a piece," said Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings.
This latest explosion, early Saturday morning, made a 300 pound manhole cover launch 2 stories in the air.
"Thank God it was 5 o'clock in the morning at a restaurant where people sit outside and dine if they were sitting there someone would have gotten seriously injured," said Jennings.
Rewind to September when two manhole covers blew off within a week. Similar explosions happened in Glens Falls and Troy.
"I expect them to replace, repair and modernize that's what we're talking about," said Jennings.
Mark Graydon showed us some of the damage to his pub, which occured during the explosion.
"The 300 pound manhole flew up to the first floor and took out just a window ledge and a little minor damage on the brick work," said Mark Graydon.
Right next door the damage was a bit more extreme, where our cameras were allowed into the visitors center. Some of the worst damage was inside a storage closet where the explosion caused this door to fly off it's hinge. Inside the closet you can see the sheetrock that was taken off the wall. The back wall is bowed out and there was a light in the ceiling, which was destroyed during the explosion. Although National Grid says these explosions are rare Jennings is getting sick and tired of it.
"As far as I'm concerned, they are going to be held responsible for their incompetence," said Jennings.
National Grid said snow and salt build up may have been one of the contributing factors along with the aging infrastructure.