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Transformer Fire Near City Hall Disrupts R, W Subway Service

A transformer fire at the City Hall R/W subway stop is sending smoke, flames, and fireworks out into Broadway and Murray Streets, and potentially messing up your evening commute.

An FDNY spokesperson says they received a call for the transformer fire just before 4:30 p.m., and that it is not affecting transit. However, according to the MTA's twitter account, R and W trains are bypassing City Hall in both directions due to NYPD activity. Police also appear to be cordoning off the R and W exits.

A spokesperson for the MTA did not respond to a request for comment—we'll update as we learn more. In the meantime, get your #fire selfies, while it lasts!

UPDATE 5:30 p.m.: Shams Tarek, a spokesperson for the MTA, told Gothamist that "Police are investigating a manhole explosion there - R and W trains are bypassing the City Hall station right now." No injuries have been reported.

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