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Manhole Explosions Set Cars On Fire In SoHo

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Several cars were ablaze on Prince Street in SoHo Saturday afternoon, after a series of explosions in manholes below.

The explosions happened just after 2 p.m. near 92 Prince St., at the intersection with Mercer Street. The Nespresso boutique is located at the address.

The cars that caught fire might have been positioned over the manholes, fire officials told 1010 WINS.

Tim Duff was the owner of one of the damaged cars. He came to SoHo for what he described as the worst trip to the Apple Store ever.

"I parked my car here. I was all excited. I had a good spot right next to the Apple Store. I went in, I was there for about 20 minutes, I came back out, and there was this police line, there were a bunch of firemen, and there was this smoke coming out from underneath my car," he told 1010 WINS.

Reports that buildings were evacuated, and that carbon monoxide levels were elevated, were not confirmed.

Con Ed was on the scene investigating as of 3:30 p.m.

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