FDNY and NYPD responders heading to site of reported explosion at E. 72 and 2nd Avenue in Manhattan.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - Blasting along Manhattan’s still under construction 2nd Avenue Subway line has apparently caused damage.
The FDNY has confirmed that a controlled explosion Tuesday caused damage to sidewalks and buildings around East 72nd Street and 2nd Avenue.
WCBS 880 has learned that the fire department and other emergency personnel are responding.
There is no word of injuries.
Witnesses told 1010 WINS and WCBS 880 that the street is covered with debris.
“Saw a huge explosion. It spewed cloud of debris across the entire intersection,” witness Scott Gottleib, who was in a taxi at the time, told WCBS 880 reporter Alex Silverman. “Clearly looked like something that wasn’t supposed to happen. I got out of the cab, I’m a physician, to see if anyone was hurt. Miraculously, nobody was hurt, but there’s debris spilled across the entire intersection. Very large chunks of concrete.”
Con Edison told WCBS 880 that local utility lines seem to be okay.
Some bus service is being re-routed as a result.
WCBS 880 reporter Marla Diamond and 1010 WINS reporter Juliet Papa are both en route to the scene.