NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – At least two people have died and 22 others were injured in an explosion that leveled two buildings in East Harlem Wednesday morning.
A gas leak was reported to Con Edison by a resident in a nearby building just before 9:15 a.m.. Crews arrived at the scene moments after the two connected buildings on East 116th Street and Park Avenue were engulfed in flames.
The explosion was heard as far as 40 blocks away from the scene. Thick black smoke has been billowing out of the explosion site for hours.
CBS 2 has had a team of reporters covering all angles of the explosion throughout the day:
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Injured Explosion Victims Were Rushed To Area Hospitals:
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Cell Phone Video Shows Chaos Moments After Building Explosion:
CBS 2’s Cindy Hsu Spoke With Witnesses Who Rushed To The Aid Of Their Fellow New Yorkers:
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