Building Explodes, Collapses In Manhattan, Multiple Injuries Reported - Live Webcast

While it is unclear at this moment if this is merely the latest casualty of below normal Capex (or was the result of a gas leak), or if there was foul play involved, moments ago the NYC scanner was lit up with reports that a building had collapsed, following an explosion, on 7th street and 2nd avenue, in the East Village in Manhattan.

This is the location before the explosion

Some more from CBS:

Emergency responders are rushing to the scene of an explosion at a building in Manhattan’s East Village.  The collapse was reported at around 3:20 p.m. at 7th Street and Second Avenue Thursday afternoon.  Multiple injuries have been reported, the Fire Department said.

And from NY Post, which in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing reports, one should take with a salt mine of caution.

As many as 30 people were hurt in the partial collapse of an East Village building Thursday afternoon, law-enforcement sources told The Post.

 

The destruction near the corner of Second Avenue and East Seventh Street was reported shortly before 3:30 p.m.

 

The FDNY quickly declared a three-alarm emergency at the scene, which it said was a mixed-occupancy building at 125 Second Ave.

 

A photo posted on Twitter showed thick brown and gray smoke billowing out of the building and over the neighborhood

Praça de guerra no East Village. Explosão em restaurante.

A photo posted by @blogbaixomanhattan on Mar 26, 2015 at 12:30pm PDT

 

NBC notes that the cause may indeed have been a gas leak, "The FDNY said there were reports of a gas leak and explosion before the collapse. "

CBS further reports that ConEd is shutting down the gas to the neighborhood, but the question is unclear if the gas started leaking before or after the explosion.

Live feed below after the jump: