NEW YORK (AP/CBSNewYork) — Bricks falling from a Manhattan building forced the FDNY to close the area down as a precaution.

No injuries have been reported after the bricks fell from 40 West 38th Street Monday afternoon.  The street has since been reopened.

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Deputy fire chief Michael Mullins told WCBS 880 the circumstances made the area very dangerous.

“Around 1:30 in the afternoon…that area people are walking by and to have that amount of brick come down off the sixth floor…that could have very easily injured numerous people,” he said.

The area was blocked off as fire department crews worked to secure the building. It’s not clear how long the area will remain blocked off or whether the high winds and rain were a factor.

The FDNY says it looks like the bricks rotted and then tumbled to the sidewalk. A temporary support was put in place.

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