Bug bombs cause of Chinatown building explosion

Bug bombs cause of Chinatown building explosion

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Nine people, including two fire fighters, were injured in an explosion in the Chinatown section of Manhattan.

Fumes from two dozen bug bombs stored inside the building at 17 Pike Street sparked the explosion, said fire officials.

A portion of the building apparently collapsed in the incident on Thursday.

The explosion was reported at about12:42 p.m. in the beauty salon on the first floor.

Officials are investigation reports that as many as 20 of the bombs had been set off at once, reported the AP.

Three of the victims were seriously injured, according to the FDNY.   The two injured fire fighters had only minor injuries. All of the victims were taken to Cornell Medical Center.

Building resident Tszkan Cheung said he heard a "boom, like a bombing, like an earthquake." He saw firefighters carrying out a woman with a severely damaged leg.

SkyFoxHD was over the scene where a rescue was underway on the rooftop of the building.

A man could be seen seated on the roof as firefighters raised a ladder to him.

DNAinfo reported that as many as 20 bug bombs inside the building exploded.  Police sources told the site that one of the nearly two dozen pesticide canisters went off in Piao Liang Ren Sheng Beauty Salon, causing the rest to go off in succession.

The scene was under control shortly after 1:30 p.m.
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