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A building has collapsed in Manhattan and four people are injured after a report of an explosion that knocked people to the ground, rattled nearby buildings and shattered windows in the area, authorities say.
First responders rushed to the building on the northwest corner of 116th Street and Park Avenue in Harlem, which stands about four or five stories near Metro-North tracks. The initial call came in at 9:31 a.m.
Smoke billowed into Central Park and could be seen from miles away in midtown, and New Yorkers said they felt rumbles as far away as 150th Street. Closer to the collapse, groceries were knocked from store shelves and debris floated through the air.
City officials said the building is destroyed. The cause of the apparent explosion is not known; members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force have responded to the scene out of an abundance of caution, authorities said.
“I thought a train had exploded,” said Marisa Aquino, who was at her apartment on 115th Street between Park and Lexington. “There are a ton of firefighters and a lot of smoke. Cops and first responders are everywhere.”
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Eyewitness Account of East Harlem Explosion