Power issues uptown

12/5/2007:

A few pics from one reader, and a recount of how another local resident witnessed the sparks fly and the manhole cover fly off the ground.

“I saw the explosion on 14th street. A manhole ignited and sparks flew out and the top went flying up and came right back down over the hole. Looked like really big fireworks going off for about 15-20 seconds, although thats definitely not what is was. The explosion came from underground for certain. Then the back of the Sovereign building went dark and went on again in a few seconds.”

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12/4/2007:

About 10 minutes in the past, there was reported to be some underground explosions near some manholes in the vicinity of 14th St. and Sinatra Drive / Hudson Street.

Power in a nearby building (not sure if Sovereign or Constitution) “flickered”, then the power to the whole building went out. PSE&G is on the way (they said within the hour), and police have begun shutting down nearby streets.

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14 Comments on "Power issues uptown"

hobojoe
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Pinetop, you’re exactly right. The writeup above says there was an explosion and sparks flew up. This is obviously caused by a buildup of excess electricity in the underground wiring. We need more high-rise condos to draw this excess electricity out of the system and prevent this from happening again.

professor pinetop
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professor pinetop

to keep this sort of thing from happening and to alleviate flooding perhaps someone should suggest to the mayor that we build more tax-abated high-rise luxury condominiums….

Plaxico
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Plaxico

I live in 2 Constitution…

The lights flickered, went out & the generators kicked in…

Same thing back in 2003.

I had the AC cranking, while the rest of the town boiled…

FMTVENG
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[quote comment=”56617″]The Shipyard has its own back-up generator.

During the 2003 Blackout, the Constitution (don’t believe the Independence was finished at the time and Sovereign certainly was not) had power the entire time though parts of Hoboken were out of power for half a day and if I recall, longer in some parts of town. At the time, I asked Shipyard security and got verification that Shipyard had its own back-up power.[/quote]

while true they have generators in each building, I’m pretty sure they are only for the critical building systems (elevators, boilers, water pumps, hallway lighting, etc).

I’ve seen the one in the north constitution and it’s nowhere near big enough to power every unit in the building. If memory serves correctly I think it’s rated for about 300A @ 408V, 3 phase.

lhoward222
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lhoward222

The Shipyard has its own back-up generator.

During the 2003 Blackout, the Constitution (don’t believe the Independence was finished at the time and Sovereign certainly was not) had power the entire time though parts of Hoboken were out of power for half a day and if I recall, longer in some parts of town. At the time, I asked Shipyard security and got verification that Shipyard had its own back-up power.

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