7 dead, dozens injured in NYC building explosion

This story is developing.

An explosion damaged two buildings in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York City Wednesday morning around 9am ET. As of Thursday morning, authorities report seven people were killed and at least 74 injured, according to NBC News.

FDNY announced a five-alarm fire and reported 44 units and 198 members responding.

Here’s what the building looked like before the explosion:


And after:

Police responded to reports of people trapped in rubble, according to the Times. CNN reports two people were carried out on stretchers. The NYPD bomb squad was sent to the scene on “a precautionary basis,” according to CNN. Sources say there is no apparent terror connection to the blast, and it was likely caused by a gas explosion.

Construction workers tell the Daily Dot they’re getting equipment to pry the collapsed roof up and find people inside. 

A girl who escaped out of the back of one of the buildings says “it was definitely a scary experience.” 

Officials said the MTA had suspended all Metro-North service due to debris on the tracks.

Bloomberg has a livestream of the area. ABC has more live video.

Smoke from the building, at 116th Street and Park Avenue, is visible as far as midtown.

The affected buildings appear to be on 1644 and 1646 Park Ave.

Meanwhile, bystanders are tweeting and Instagramming the wreckage. “It’s a crazy scene,” one writes. “A building just completely exploded.”

A photographer is using a DJI quadcopter drone to snap aerial pics. He tells us the cops never give him a hard time. He says he’s never hit a bird with it, “thankfully.” His footage looks decent, but there’s so much smoke you can’t see much.

Here’s an aerial shot:

The Daily Beast has exclusive video:

Speaking to CNN, one bystander says he saw “New York City’s finest, New York City’s bravest at their best.”

Cooper Fleishman

Cooper Fleishman

A former assigning editor for the Daily Dot, Cooper Fleishman's work focused on the web culture and niche internet communities. He joined Mic as a senior editor in 2015. His work has been published by HyperVocal and the Good Men Project, and he previously copyedited for Rolling Stone, Men's Journal, and Us Weekly.