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Updated January 2nd, 2024 at 18:51 IST

BREAKING: Multiple explosions reported in New York's Roosevelt Island, city on alert

Panic-stricken callers informed fire officials of a building purportedly shaking and a potential explosion.

Multiple explosions reported on Roosevelt Island
Multiple explosions reported on Roosevelt Island | Image:US Local reports
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New York City: The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) swiftly mobilised following reports of explosions on Roosevelt Island in New York City, United States. The incidents, heard at approximately 6 AM local time (IST 5.26 PM) on Tuesday, were concentrated around "580 Main Street, south of the Roosevelt Island Bridge & Tram," as detailed by CBS New York, a US media outlet. Firefighters, as seen in a video posted in local media reports, noted that the exact nature of the emergency remained unclear.

Panic-stricken callers informed fire officials of a building purportedly shaking and a potential explosion. Fortunately, there have been no reported injuries from these incidents but the explosions have caused power outages on Roosevelt Island. New York City's official emergency notification system cautioned about disruptions in traffic and public transit systems near Roosevelt Island, although specifics were not disclosed.

As per the New York City Fire Department officials, the teams are actively investigating to identify the origin of the explosions. A fire department official also informed that by 7:08 AM local time, the situation was under control, and currently, the reported cause of the explosions and tremors remains ‘unconfirmed’, as per local reports. However, the officials are suspecting it was a transformer that possibly caused the explosions. A transformer is a device that transfers electric energy from one circuit to other circuits.

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Published January 2nd, 2024 at 18:51 IST

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