Authorities respond to massive explosion in East Harlem

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by AP

WVEC.com

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 12 at 12:40 PM

(CNN) -- New York police and fire officials were responding to reports of a massive explosion in Manhattan's East Harlem, authorities said Wednesday.



There were at least 11 minor injuries as clouds of dark smoke rose over the residential neighborhood of red-brick tenements, fire officials said.

Metro North commuter rail service, which runs along the site of the blast on Park Avenue, was suspended, officials said.

"Two buildings have collapsed. I hope there is no one in there. It's just rubble," a worker at a nearby flea market said.

Clouds of dark smoke could be seen for a three-block radius as hundreds of rescue officials descended on the scene.

CNN first learned of this story via Twitter.

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