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Manhole explosion near Roseland Ballroom threatened tonight’s Thom Yorke show, especially people waiting in line

Firemen hose West 52nd Street after an underground transformer explosion near the “Late Show.” (Late_Show) (you can see Roseland back there)

“Firefighters and Con Ed are dealing with a third alarm manhole fire near 226 West 52nd Street. WCBS 2 reports, “It’s believed a second transformer may have blown at 1697 Broadway, near the Ed Sullivan Theater. Flames could be seen shooting from the manhole and bits of the street were blown out from the blaze. Witnesses reported hearing a loud ‘pops’ from potential explosions in the manhole.”

Some buildings were evacuated because extremely high levels of carbon monoxide were measured and Broadway between 50th and 54th were shut down. And a tipster writes, “Atoms for Peace, Thom Yorke’s side project, is playing at Roseland tonight and the crowd of people that won’t move” because they “have been waiting on line to get in since early this morning.”” [Gothamist]

NOTE: I just got word that the show IS HAPPENING (see you there!)

UPDATE 2:. just got another update from someone else there that “”not definitely we’ll know in a few minutes, as of now we’re evacuated”” (as of 7:10pm)

UPDATE 3 It’s on! Definitely 100% open, happening. Set times pushed back 30 minutes (see you there!).

And see pictures from last night HERE.

And the so the show happened.

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