After a Death, Tests Show High-Voltage Dangers Lurking on the Streets

It's a map of hidden danger. Three weeks after Jodie S. Lane was killed by an electrified metal plate while walking her dogs in the East Village, Consolidated Edison as of yesterday had found more than 280 service-box lids, manhole covers and lampposts around the five boroughs and Westchester County with stray current passing through them. The amount of voltage in each, the utility said, ranged from the single digits -- which would produce a mild shock -- to 140 at a lamppost in Bayside, Queens, which could be fatal.


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