Con Edison Statement on East Village Building Explosion and Collapse March 27, 2015

Con Edison this morning shut off gas to 219 customers (187 residential; 32 commercial) in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan while the Fire Department of New York continues recovery work at the site of yesterday’s explosion and buildings collapse on 2nd Avenue near 7th Street.

Meantime, we keep the missing and injured in our  thoughts and prayers.As we do in all cases when a customer is upgrading to  a new gas service, we conducted careful inspections at 121 2nd Avenue.  Our records show the work of the building’s plumber failed two inspections,  including the inspection our personnel conducted yesterday afternoon. At no  time was use of the new service line authorized by Con Edison. That service was  locked to ensure that it would not be used. The ground-floor restaurant  was being served by its current, smaller gas service line.Con Edison continues to work with the FDNY and NYPD to  restore service to customers as soon as it is deemed safe. We have contacted  the customers shut off today and have also established an incident workgroup to  focus 24/7 on the needs and concerns of all customers who live in the impacted  zone.Safety is always our priority, and we continue to urge  people to call 9-1-1 or their gas utility immediately if they smell a gas odor.