` Explosion tears through a building in `Manhattan’s East Harlem ‘ killing one person and injuring at least 16 others ‘

#AceWorldNews One man was killed and at least 16 others were injured today when an explosion tore through a building in Manhattan’s East Harlem neighbourhood, collapsing at least part of the structure, authorities said.

“They were right there,” one source told ABC News, referring to the explosion. Another victim is in very serious condition, the source said.

A New York City official said the casualty “numbers are going to change.”

Plumes of thick smoke have engulfed the area around the building at 116th Street and Park Avenue after residents reported hearing a loud explosion around 9:30 a.m. and the smell of acrid smoke was overpowering.

An FNDY source told ABC News that somebody was working in the building before blast.

It was unclear if it was a Con Edison crew, the source said.

The harsh winter has played havoc with utilities, due to the road salt, officials said.

Con Edison was responding to a report of a gas odour in the area just before the explosion occurred.

The FBI was on the scene as a precautionary measure, but there is no indication of terror or crime, authorities said.

Shattered windows in nearby shop-fronts show the extent of the explosion, which may have been caused by a gas leak, according to ABC station WABC-TV New York News

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