At Least Nine People Injured in Explosion, Collapse in NYC

UPDATE 7 pm EST: The injury total is now at 12, reports USA Today ( The blast caused the partial collapse of the first floor, said Assistant Chief Robert Boyce. The cause was not immediately known. The New York Daily News cited an apparent natural gas explosion. NBC News, citing an unidentified law enforcement official, said the blast may have been caused by a severed gas line in the basement. WABC-TV reported that the rear of the building may have been under construction. Original Story: At least nine people were injured after an explosion caused a collapse in New York City's Chinatown in Manhattan. The explosion Thursday is thought to have been due to natural gas...

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