Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Explosion in Central Manhattan, Building collapsed, transformer blamed?

Apparently a transformer explosion has happened in Manhattan causing a building to collapse.

This is apparently not being treated as suspicious.

Umm..

Do they make that big a bang?

This will take out a large part of the electricity grid in New York as well I suspect.

More news as I get it, but details are very sketchy.

Update 23:36 GMT

Looking at the TV pictures it seems that a building has probably not collapsed but one of New Yorks steam pipes has been ruptured.

I say that because the smoke cloud is continuously going up, not spreading out indicating heat rather than dust from rubble.

Another update, some structural damage to a building no buildings have collapsed.

1 comment:

Little Blue PD said...

It happened on the West side of 41st and Lexington Ave. I was like a block away in the office. At first I thought it was thunder, but it just kept going for like over 20 minutes it seemed, and it was very very loud.

Very scary, the NYPD says it was not terrorism. They say it was a steam explosion. Smoke and steam went up over the 45th floor. There was no black smoke like a fire though. People were running down Lexington. It was pretty scary, I was positive while in the area that it was terrorism.

It happened right around the corner from one of the biggest creators of traffic congestion in NYC.

Will Mayor Bloomberg do anything about Park Ave. being blocked off at 42nd street?

I think Mayor Nanny Bloomie is a very arrogant man. I also highly doubt he rides the subway that much. He's the mayor, I want someone driving him around so he can work and make calls and stuff. New Yorkers shouldn't want him wasting all that time on the subway.

We all have to wonder what Bloomberg is really thinking of with this congestion pricing tax scheme. Maybe he mostly just wants a new tax. Just wrap it up in ‘concern for the environment’, and then people can just demonize those who oppose it.

If he cares so much about traffic jams, congestion and air pollution, why does he let Park Avenue be blocked off? Why doesn’t he do anything about that?

It's true, Pershing Square Restaurant blocks Park Avenue going South at 42nd St. for about 12 hours a day/5 months of the year! This Causes Massive Congestion and Air Pollution!

But apparently it does not bother NYC’s Nanny-in-Chief Mike “Congestion Pricing Tax” Bloomberg?

It certainly supports his claim that the city is hugely congested.

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