A loud explosion inside a five-story building on Park Ave. at E. 116th St. sent “people flying out the window,” causing at least 11 minor injuries and leaving two buildings in rubble Wednesday morning, according to the Fire Department and witnesses.
Firefighters spray the destroyed building with water on Wednesday morning.
Witness Michelle Jackson, 29, said she saw a badly burned 8-year-old boy being tended to by frantic pedestrians. She described a “loud bang” and “explosion.”
A spokesman for the Fire Department said the first call regarding a possible explosion came at 9:31 a.m. He could not confirm reports of at least one person dead.