New York police and fire officials were responding to reports of a massive explosion in Manhattan's East Harlem, authorities said Wednesday.
At least 11 minor injuries were reported as clouds of dark smoke rose over the residential neighborhood of red-brick tenements
"I hope there is no one in there. It's just rubble," a worker at a nearby flea market said.
At least 168 firefighters from 39 New York City Fire Department units were at the scene.
Metro North commuter rail service, which runs along the site of the blast on Park Avenue, was suspended.
Clouds of dark smoke could be seen for a three-block radius as hundreds of rescue officials descended on the scene.
In the immediate aftermath, witnesses described a panicked scene, with people running, unsure what was happening.
"I heard this loud explosion and I just jumped and all my windows popped in," David Ramirez, 55, who lives in the area, told The New York Times. "My building shook and smoke started coming in."
A firefighter surveys the damage at the scene of the building collapse.
Utility workers look at a gas line near the scene of a massive building explosion in East Harlem.
Firefighters head to the scene of the building collapse.
Fire crews spray water on the smoldering wreckage of an apartment building that collapsed in East Harlem.
Shia LeBeouf appeared in Manhattan criminal court Thursday morning over charges stemming from a June incident at a Broadway performance of "Cabaret."
An associate professor of Feminist Studies at UC Santa Barbara pleaded "no contest" to three misdemeanor charges against her.
Music Academy of the West and Old Spanish Days are celebrating Marilyn Horne as "Honorary La Diva of Old Spanish Days."
A former flower vendor at UC Santa Barbara has a "pop up" site in downtown Santa Barbara just in time for Fiesta.
A water main break caused a sinkhole that damaged Ojai Avenue and the historic Ojai Playhouse.
More than 6.8 million Americans will get a refund from their health insurer this summer.
Drought dry Santa Barbara saw quite a gusher of water go down the drain this morning when a fire hydrant was sheared off.
The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders are in town. Dressed in their iconic Cowboy's uniforms the ladies put on a camp for the youth of Oxnard on Wednesday.
Here are just a few of the photos that viewers have sent in for our Fiesta Photo Contest! Do you have photos you would like to share and enter? Post them on our KEYT or Central Coast News Facebook pages. Here is a link for more details on the Fiesta Photo Contest, sponsored by Samy's Camera - Santa Barbara - http://www.keyt.com/news/2014-fiesta-photo-contest/27119292
While the child stars whose careers fade seem to get most of the press, plenty of young actors have managed to stay successful into adulthood, including Anna Paquin, who is celebrating her 32nd birthday on Thursday.
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