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.
Santa Barbara police are investigating a murder Wednesday morning.
Former President Bill Clinton is in Oxnard Wednesday morning for a "get out the vote rally" supporting Congresswoman Julia Brownley.
The civilian pilot of a privately owned Hawker Hunter aircraft died when his plane crashed on approach just outside Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) Wednesday afternoon.
Prosecutors have filed a murder charge against a driver accused of running down a veteran sheriff's deputy who had pulled over another motorist on a Ventura County freeway.
Santa Maria Police are investigating what they are calling a suspicious house fire that badly burned one of the people who lived there.
Just before 2:30 p.m. Thursday the Santa Barbara County Fire Department responded to a public transportation bus that collided with a pedestrian.
Congressional candidate Chris Mitchum said an ad for Rep. Lois Capps misrepresented what he said in an interview.
37 people were arrested in San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande and Pismo Beach in a prostitution crackdown.
The San Francisco Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals 3-2 last night to win the 2014 World Series, but the night's celebration quickly turned violent. Take a look at images of the chaotic scene in San Francisco.
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