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Gas Line Ruptures, Sparking Explosion and Sinkhole at Bronx Intersection

Thankfully, there were no reports of any injuries from the blast

What to Know

  • FDNY officials are responding to a manhole blast that created a sinkhole in the Bronx
  • The call came in just before 3 p.m. Thursday
  • There is no word yet of any injuries

A Bronx intersection was rocked by a gas explosion Thursday afternoon, FDNY officials said. 

The department says firefighters were dispatched near Walton Avenue and East Clarke Place in the Concourse neighborhood just before 3 p.m. Thursday.

ConEd officials say a team was working down the street on an abandoned gas line with nitrogren just before the explosion went off. The power company believes the nitrogren caused the blast and subsequent sinkhole at the Bronx intersection.

Witnesses told News 4 they heard the explosion from several blocks away. 

Dramatic video captured from the area and posted to the Citizen app shows a gaping hole in the street and debris scattered across the roadway. Surveillance video from the intersection also shows the moment of the blast, as an SUV right above where the crater later formed was lifted into the air before getting away. A big cloud of dust and debris was seen rising around the area just after.

Cars parked around the intersection were marked up with dirt, scratches and dents from the blast. Some even had windows blown out.

FDNY officials confirm no one was injured. Motorists and pedestrians should avoid the area. 

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