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NEW YORK – A man walking along a New York sidewalk is lucky to be alive after an explosion sent flames into the air.

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Barry West was standing on a grate in the borough of Queens last week when he was knocked from his feet by the blast, WNBC reported.

He was able to escape the flames for the most part, but friends said he did have some second-degree burns.

West was hospitalized for treatment with friends saying that he was in good spirits.

Con Edison is investigating the cause, but smoke could be seen moments before the blast, WNBC reported.

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