Indisputably, the top breaking story and evolving narrative of the day is the sudden collapse of two buildings that rocked East Harlem, reportedly trapping several and injuring others. Officials report one fatality thus far, according to the New York Times. "On my way to work and then BOOM! Building explosion collapse on 116th," a bystander tweeted from his account, adding the now-trending hashtag #explosion116.
At last count, FDNY had 39 units and 168 members responding. The collapse also shook uptown NYC near the Metro North train tracks, with witnesses reporting they felt rumbles as far as 35 blocks away. One photo shows what's left in the aftermath, while another twitpic displays a more aerial view. CNN's Shimon Prokupecz shared his own exclusive, up-close picture of the damage and the firefighters.
The New York Daily News was on it, with Mashable's Samantha Murphy sharing from the NYDN piece, "Possible context to what just happened in Harlem: ‘For weeks we’ve been smelling gas,’ witness says." Huffington Post's Sam Stein also shared a telling screencap from the story, tweeting, "Re: the gas leak. here's an important graph from the Daily News." NBC New York was also on top of it, tweeting regular updates that more than a dozen people were hurt when the two 5-story buildings collapsed and that people may be missing. The New York Post had that story, as well.