VIDEO: Building Explosion at 1646 Park Avenue in Harlem, New York City

New York building collapse after large explosion on Park Avenue in Harlem, New York City.

FDNY and police responded about 9:41 a.m. Wednesday to a mixed occupancy/apartment building explosion and collapse with a fire at 1646 Park Avenue in the area of E 114 to 116 Street near Park Avenue. The location is just north of Central Park. The building is reported to be 5 or 6 stories. An early witness reported that it appears that about one-half of the building is collapsed. Later it was discovered that most or all of the building collapsed.

There is a report of a people trapped inside the apartment building. Four or five buildings are possibly affected according to witnesses. A grocery store is possibly on the first floor of one of the buildings.

Residents heard a loud explosion about 9:00 a.m. A witness also reported it appears that people were injured by shrapnel.

Report of 11 people injured as of 10:20 a.m. ET.

A “church owner” interviewed by CBS reported that a gas odor was detected and reported Tuesday night.

Cell phone video soon after explosion.


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