After our report yesterday about a thick, black cloud of smoke billowing along Avenue U, near Bedford Avenue, we received the above photo from reader Ariela K.

The photo clearly shows that the smoke was coming from a manhole, further suggesting some sort of utility-related malfunction as we speculated yesterday. It’s location is different than the photographs we previously published (although Ariela did send one in of that location, too), and from the placement of the stores around it, it appears to be on the southeast corner of East 26th Street.

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