New York subway catches fire thanks to ’60-year-old cable’

Wild videos showed a stretch of Brooklyn subway tracks bursting into flames on Thursday morning – sparks hitting the street below.

The J-Bahn tracks between the Myrtle Avenue-Broadway and Kosciuszko Street subway stations caught fire because of a cable “over 60 years old,” said Richard Davey, president of MTA New York City Transit.

Video of the blast posted to the @whatisnewyork Instagram page showed the frightening scene. As sparks fell from the elevated tracks, thick plumes of smoke rose into the air.

“It is clear that it is a cable fault. We believe age was a contributing factor, if not the primary cause,” Davey said in a comment that an MTA spokesman shared with the Post.

“It’s a power cord. We believe it’s over 60 years old,” Davey said. “I’ll just be honest with you, we have no records going back to it.

“Visual checks by our maintenance crews strongly suggest this is a 1960s vintage.”

The early morning cable outage affected operations on lines J, M and Z for the remainder of the day.

Sparks erupted on the streets of Brooklyn.
Sparks erupted on the streets of Brooklyn.

According to the subway’s official Twitter account, transit dispatchers suspended Brooklyn service on all three lines around 8:20 a.m.

Services resumed about two hours later, but some trains skipped certain stops.

The MTA advised passengers to take trains A, C, L, or E — or wait for the bus.

Davey said he’s “sure there are other places” where old infrastructure could cause problems.

“We need to look at where there are other potential vulnerabilities in our system,” he said. New York subway catches fire thanks to ’60-year-old cable’


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