Explosion Increases East Village Gas Complaints

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Building at 121 Second Avenue in East Village, near Seventh Street collapsed after it was rocked by a blast and a fierce fire that sent black smoke into the sky.(Photo By: Joe Marino/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
Photo: Joe Marino/NY Daily News via Getty Images

Calls to Con Edison’s emergency hotline from East Village residents have increased 64 percent in the last week, owing in part to the March 27 gas explosion that collapsed three Second Avenue buildings. A spokesperson for the company told the New York Post that emergency calls have spiked from 1,099 to 1,787, adding, “That’s a very large increase.” After the destruction wrought by last Friday’s explosion, who wouldn’t be obsessively calling the ConEd hotline?