Seven Dead and Dozens Injured As Rescue Crews Continue Work At East Harlem Explosion Site

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The FDNY at the scene yesterday.
Emergency crews are continuing their work this morning on a stretch of Park Avenue where two buildings were destroyed by an explosion yesterday. Four more bodies have been recovered from the wreckage, bringing the death toll to seven. Late Wednesday, according to the New York Times, nine more people were still missing. The fire at the scene is contained, although the FDNY is still working to put out all of the flames. The National Transportation Safety Board announced that they've also arrived at the explosion site to investigate its cause.

The Times reports that the dozens of people injured in the explosion were taken to area hospitals, including 13 to Harlem Hospital Center, one of them a 15-year-old boy in critical condition, 22 to Mount Sinai, including a woman in critical condition with head trauma; and 18 to Metropolitan Hospital Center, none of them seriously injured. TV news outlets are estimating the number of injured people at around 70.

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Harlem's Spanish Christian Church, Absolute Piano Store Hit By Explosion [UPDATED]

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The building on Wednesday morning.
Smoke billowed from two buildings -- one that housed Spanish Christian Church and six apartments, the second housed the store Absolute Piano -- after an explosion ripped through a stretch of Park Avenue in Harlem on Wednesday morning.

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3 Best Ways to Watch 200 Pounds of Dynamite Implode a Building on Governors Island

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On Sunday, the choicest day for implosions, the Trust for Governors Island will level an abandoned 11-story building on the island with 200 pounds of dynamite. Building 877 was constructed in 1968 to house Coast Guard families, but hasn't been in use since 1996. So, kaboom it will go, to make room for a 30-acre park with a "Hammock Grove" and adult softball fields.

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Three Dead, Scores Injured in Explosions at the Boston Marathon Finish Line [UPDATED]

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Journalists on the ground are reporting that a pair of closely timed explosions at 2:50 p.m. at the finish line of today's Boston Marathon have left dozens of people seriously injured. Meanwhile, the Associated Press has a new and extremely grisly account of the explosions.

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As Gas Pipe Explosions Go, Yesterday's Giant Kansas City Blast is Small-Time

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This is what a fire from a two-inch gas distribution line can do.
In Kansas City yesterday evening, natural gas from a damaged pipe caught fire, producing an incredibly devastating explosion in the middle of a densely developed urban plaza.

The blast leveled a restaurant, producing a roaring jet of flame several stories high that took 100 firefighters about two hours to finally extinguish. The Kansas City Star's account gives some sense of the scale of the explosion:

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Spectra Busted for Neglecting Pipeline Maintenance

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The kind of devastating explosion that rocked San Bruno in 2010 could never happen here in New York, because our pipeline overlords are just too conscientious.
As we wrote in this week's paper, Texas-based gas giant Spectra Energy is building a high-gauge, high-pressure natural gas transmission pipeline right into the heart of the West Village.

That makes some people nervous, because pipelines like this seem to explode all the time, and when they do it can be sort of calamitous. But Spectra says not to worry, because

"Spectra Energy is extremely vigilant and proactive with its integrity management programs as required by the US Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)- implementing rigorous safety measures across our entire system."

Okay. Sounds good. Everybody relax already! Jesus. The people building and running this thing are extremely vigilant and follow all the required safety precautions laid out by the US Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

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'Chemical Bomb' Thrown at Occupy Maine Encampment

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Early Sunday morning, Occupy Maine protesters were attacked by an unknown assailant who threw a chemical bomb at their encampment. The Portland Press Herald reports that no one was hurt by the bomb, "which consisted of chemicals poured into a plastic Gatorade container." The assailant drove by Lincoln Park and hurled the device "into the camp's kitchen, a tarped area where food is cooked and served."

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Tuesday Afternoon Explosions: Things Blowing Up in East Village and Park Slope

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Another Tuesday afternoon, another set of arbitrary, terrifying, and dangerous explosions in New York City to reaffirm that you basically live in a Michael Bay movie waiting to happen here in the five boroughs. Today? The East Village and Park Slope get hit.

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Presenting the Single Greatest Magazine Quote of 2010, Starring a Dentist, a Chipped Tooth, and an Explosive Bowl of Dicks

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Jackass 3-D grossed more money at the box office this weekend than the three films below it combined. The dangers of making such a monumental, adventurous piece of cinema?

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Holiday Weekend Morning Links: Congo Oil Tanker Blows, Paris Hilton's World Cup Weed

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• The world knows all too well the potential for destruction surrounding gigantic oil tankers and unfortunately it was demonstrated again when at least 230 people were killed, and nearly 200 more injured, when an oil tanker flipped and exploded in the Democratic Republic of Congo. According to reports, the tanker flipped, leading locals collect the oil. Tragically, one was smoking a cigarette and the whole thing exploded. This is world, reiterating: oil, cigarettes -- dangerous. [CNN]

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