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Mar 26, 2015

20:49:13 GMT--Explosion - North-America - USA

EDIS Number: EX-20150326-47498-USA

Date / time: 26/03/2015 20:47:16 [UTC]

Event: Explosion

Area: North-America

Country: USA

State/County: State of New York

Location: New York City [125 Second Ave., Manhattan]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: Moderate


An explosion rocked an East Village building in Manhattan Thursday, causing the building to collapse and sending plumes of smoke down Second Avenue. Injuries were reported at the building, which is located at 125 Second Ave. near St. Mark's Place. An FDNY spokesperson told The Huffington Post that one injured person was transported to an area hospital. Medics were treating at least six people at the scene and two firefighters were potentially injured, the New York Daily News reported. "I heard a big sound and then we saw fire and smoke coming from the roof and then police came driving in," Shameem Noor, a cashier at Veselka restaurant nearby, told HuffPost. "There was black smoke everywhere." The building could be seen fully engulfed in flames just before 4 p.m., and a fire department spokesman said the fire spread to at least two other buildings. Laura Gibson, who lives in the building, said she instinctively ran out the door following the blast. "I was afraid there was a fire on the ground floor and was worried I wouldn't be able to get out," she said through tears. She said she has lived in the building since last September, with three other roommates, who were not at the home at the time. She spoke to The Huffington Post from The Standard Hotel, telling staff she had "no where else to go" after bolting down the street with just her phone. "It was like a bomb," Aleksandr Srdi, 32, told DNAinfo. "Everyone was like what's going on? People from Starbucks were yelling to get back inside and they were trying to lock the doors." Miles Barber, a cook at Mighty Quinn's restaurant nearby, told HuffPost that the explosion felt "like an earthquake." He and fellow employees evacuated the restaurant as hundreds of onlookers crowded the streets. Police closed off 6th and 7th streets near the explosion. The cause wasn't immediately clear, but authorities said that it was consistent with a gas explosion. Day laborers told the NYPD that they were working on a gas line inside a kitchen in the building, a source told the New York Post. The building was landmarked and had a stop work order on it since 2005, according to the Department of Buildings website. Evacuations were underway at all adjoining buildings, and charred rubble littered the sidewalk. The incident comes just days after New York City marked the one-year anniversary of a deadly building explosion in Harlem. A gas leak caused the blast, leveling two buildings, killing eight people and injuring dozens of others.

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