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NYC Council hearing on Con Ed flash Feb. 11

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Posted: Monday, January 7, 2019 1:36 pm

The chairman of the City Council’s Environmental Protection Committee — has announced a hearing on the arc flash at a Con Edison substation in Astoria on Dec. 27 that caused some service disruptions and lit up the sky over much of the city.

Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), in a statement, said the hearing is set for 10 a.m. Feb. 11. Con Edison personnel have been requested to appear.  

LaGuardia Airport, Rikers Island and some hospitals were briefly required to switch to backup power systems, and the No. 7 train experienced a service disruption. One Con Ed worker suffered eye irritation from the flash.

“The people of western Queens, and our entire city, deserve to know what exactly caused this startling phenomenon,” Constantinides said. “Thankfully no one was seriously injured — this time.”

The state Public Service Commission is investigating the cause. Constantinides said the incident should expedite replacement of the equipment with green generating technology, though Con Ed said the incident involved distribution equipment.

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