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New York City explosion: NYC residential building collapses, residents missing

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A New York City explosion rocked Upper Manhattan this morning around 9 a.m. as two buildings exploded and collapsed. Fire crews and terrorism task force officials are currently on the scene. One of the two buildings is a residence, and multiple injuries have been reported with other residents still missing and thought buried under the rubble. One person is confirmed dead.

According to NBC News just a few moments ago, “the two five-story buildings at the northwest corner of 116th Street and Park Avenue in Harlem collapsed around 9:30 a.m.”

More than a dozen were injured and are being treated or taken to area hospitals.

New Yorkers said they felt the rumbles from the blast as far away as 150th Street. Residents closer to the buildings said it was like an earthquake – items falling from shelves and windows blown out.

NBC reports that 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."

Over 160 firefighters have been called in to battle the five-alarm blaze and to search for survivors.

Fox News is reporting that one resident who lived next to the collapsed building reported smelling a strong odor of gas Tuesday night.

Many residents immediately thought back to the attacks of September 11.

"To be honest, I thought it was another 9/11," said Argennys Rosario, 20, of East Harlem. "The smoke just came rushing out and you could tell the building had collapsed."



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