Updated 09/07/2012 10:32 PM
Service Restored After Smoke Causes Havoc For J, M, Z Riders
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The MTA says all service is back to normal along the J and M lines after a smoky fire forced hundreds of people out of a subway tunnel and caused delays on the Lower East Side Friday afternoon.
Fire officials said the smoke was reported in the area of an electrical vault in a tunnel between the Bowery and Essex Street stations just before 3 p.m.
A lower Manhattan-bound J train and a Queens-bound M train had to back up to Essex and unload 500 passengers.
The fire is now under control.
No injuries have been reported.
Service on the J, M and Z lines was suspended earlier in the day between Broad Street in Manhattan and Marcy Avenue in Brooklyn.