Underground transformer explosion rocks Westchester Square

A transformer explosion wreaked havoc in Westchester Square Tuesday.

Workers at 1400 Williamsbridge Road say they feel lucky to be alive. Shortly before noon, the workers smelled gas and evacuated the building. After about 20 minutes they proceeded back in, and that's when they heard the loud explosion and felt the building shake.

An underground transformer exploded and witnesses say flames were spewing out from a manhole on Williamsbridge Road.

Fire crews and Con Edison workers were on the scene immediately and had to cut power to assess the damage. Fire department officials say ground fires are quite common this time of year when melting snow and salt seep into ground.

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