Explosion Rocks NYC’s Chinatown: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

A massive explosion and partial building collapse this afternoon in New York’s Chinatown resulted in 8 people injured as a towering plume of smoke drew attention for miles around.

This is a breaking story. Here’s what we know so far.

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1. The Explosion Was Caused By Bug Bombs/h2>

The explosion and ensuing fire occurred when a number of “bug foggers,” used to spray pesticide in a mist-like form, caught fire and exploded. The fire and explosion originated in the basement of the building, allowing the fire to spread to the floors above.

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Con Edison vehicles are on scene according to Heavy’s Matt Guariglia.

2. The Address is on Pike Street

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The explosion reportedly took place at 17 Pike Street. The call came in at 12:42 p.m.

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3. The Building Caught Fire

Flames spread from the first to the second floor as city firefighters arrived to battle the blaze and locate victims.

CBS reports:

Firefighters could be seen pulling a man from the building into the bucket of a raised rescue tower ladder.

One firefighters suffered minor injuries during the rescue operation, reports ABC 7.

4. People May Not Be Able to Return to Their Homes

According to reports, the first floor is a business and the rest of the building houses apartments. A witness at the scene who works for Asian Americans for Equality showed concerns that many people may not be able to return to their apartments.

5. There Are Multiple Injures, Some Serious

NBC 4 reports eight people injured, with three of the victims in serious condition.

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