Your Third Worst Fear Confirmed: Man Hit in Head by Flying Manhole Cover

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In the canon of New York–specific fears, falling through a sidewalk grate ranks first, getting hit by a falling air conditioner ranks second, and being injured by an exploding manhole cover comes in at third. One Park Slope man was forced to greet his third worst fear this morning when a manhole near Prospect Park exploded, hitting him in the head and shattering glass in nearby apartment windows. He was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and a captivating New York horror story.