Electricity is always trying to get to the ground. Like all good travelers, electricity takes shortcuts whenever it can. If something that conducts electricity gives electricity an easy path to the ground, electricity will take it!
Gas emergencies: 1-800-233-5325 or 911
Electric emergencies: 1-800-465-1212 or 911
New York contacts
Long Island and the Rockaways: 1-800-490-0045 or 911