BREAKING: Two Buildings Collapse After Massive Explosion in Harlem



Two buildings have collapsed after a massive explosion took place in Harlem between 116th and 117th St. earlier this morning.

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According to CNN’s Stephanie Gallman, Con Edison, which provides natural gas service in Manhattan, was called to the block to investigate a gas leak moments before the explosion. “For weeks we’ve been smelling gas,” neighbor Ashley Rivera told the Daily News.

A spokesman for the FDNY said the first call regarding a possible explosion came at 9:31 a.m, and while definitive numbers of those injured is still unconfirmed, most sources are reporting around a dozen with minor to severe injuries.

This post will be updated as more information comes out.


Update (12:30pm EST): 

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference that the explosion, which destroyed two buildings, was caused by a gas leak. The “only indication of danger came about 15 minutes earlier” than blast, he said. The FDNY is currently battling a 5-alarm fire on the scene.

2 people are dead, with 18 others injured with different levels of seriousness, the mayor said. A search will be conducted as soon as the fire is put out.

Watch a livestream of his press conference here.

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