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UPDATE: 7 Reported Killed, Dozens Hurt In Manhattan Explosion; More Missing

A gas leak explosion in East Harlem leveled two buildings killing at least two people and injuring at least 50.

Screen Grab from NBC video.
Screen Grab from NBC video.
Rescue workers found more victims Thursday from the massive explosion that collapsed two buildings in East Harlem a day earlier, bringing the total of known dead to seven, with five people still missing and dozens injured.

The New York Times reported rescue workers sifted through rubble throughout a freezing night to locate the victims. The task was complicated by a large sinkhole that formed in front of the buildings, limiting the use of heavy machinery, the Times reported.

The explosion razed two five-story buildings to collapse at about 9:30 a.m. The explosion shattered nearby windows and sent smoke billowing into the sky. It could be felt up to a mile away.

Firefighters fought flames into the afternoon and continued searching through rubble for survivors.

"This is a tragedy of the worst kind because there was no indication in time to save people," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told the Times.

Video from the scene is attached to this post.

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Natalia H March 13, 2014 at 03:05 PM
My family lives down there and although new yorkers can be rude that does not mean you should generalize inn saying that they are ALL rude.
Bonnie L. Mason March 13, 2014 at 03:27 PM
According to the Inquirer article this morning, residents had complained for two weeks about strong smells of gas. Did they call the gas company with the complaints? If so, was someone sent out to check for leaking gas? The article states that a neighboring resident (nearby building?) reported a smell of gas shortly before the explosion and the gas company came out, but not in time to prevent the explosion. The infrastructure of our cities and towns is old and water and gas pipes are losing integrity. Reports of smelling gas should always be followed up ASAP. Questions should be asked about the complaints made during the two weeks prior to the explosion, because it could happen anywhere in a city or town that is more than 150 years old. Bonnie Mason
steve forte March 13, 2014 at 03:55 PM
That gas pipe was 127 yrs old Im shocked only 2 buildings blew up.
AKM March 13, 2014 at 05:04 PM
well hopefully this doesnt start a trend in happening in threes...hope the supers there as well as the gas company put in some O.T. to make sure all their buildings are up to code and switch out some old pipes. Heartbreaking to know this just doesnt happen in NY but anywhere this can happen because of wear and tear to any kind of building.
Lenny Kravitz March 13, 2014 at 06:26 PM
All racists are bigots, but by no means are all bigots racist.

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