In Risky City, New Reason To Watch Your Step; Many Questions Follow Electrocution on Street

As if falling debris, unstable scaffolding and suspicious packages were not enough, New Yorkers now have something else to worry about: that the ubiquitous plates covering holes on streets and sidewalks around the city might just be electrified. Six days after the death of Jodie S. Lane, the woman killed when she stepped on an electrified metal plate while walking her two dogs in the East Village, answers are few and questions remain as tangled as the millions of wires running under the city's streets.

By IAN URBINA

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