People Share East Harlem Explosion Experiences On Social Media

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Fire crews are battling a blaze following a huge explosion that collapsed a building in Harlem and has suspended all Metro-North traffic in the city.
Fire crews are battling a blaze following a huge explosion that collapsed a building in Harlem and has suspended all Metro-North traffic in the city. Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Daniel Tommasino

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- People are flocking to social media to share their accounts of a building explosion and collapse in East Harlem on Wednesday morning that has reportedly killed two women and injured more than a dozen.

The explosion has also suspended Metro North service indefinitely.

Carla Marie Sanders of Yonkers told Daily Voice via Facebook that she was in Bronxville waiting for her 10:23 a.m. train to Grand Central, which she takes to school every day. 

"I usually take a train into Grand Central and then walk because my building is only a couple blocks away," she wrote.

Sanders, who attends LIM College in Manhattan, said she didn't realize something was amiss until the train didn't show up on time.

According to Sanders, announcements were not made until 10:25, and the train was 20 minutes late. Once she got on the train, the conductor informed her it was only going as far as the Fordham station.

Sanders said she will be missing school Wednesday.

Many people in the Bronx and surrounding areas took to Twitter under the hashtag #EastHarlemExplosion, saying they heard or felt the explosion from their homes and offices.

Elizabeth Gonzalez (@elizabe15948) Tweeted, "I'm on 108th and First Avenue.  I heard the explosion and thought it was thunder at first."

Ralph Iguina (@ralphyboy26) Tweeted, "Heard the explosion in the Bronx at 170 and Webster Ave." 

@OneManBeats Tweeted, "I was half sleep and felt a boom all the way in the Bronx.  Thought it was the weather."

Edu Denali (@EduDenali) Tweeted, "I live 3 blocks away on Park Ave. It felt like a bomb. This pic is 30 seconds after."

@BennieLee Tweeted, "So blessed 2day (sic). I could have died. I walk past the explosion 3-4 times a day. Thank god today I was down the street. #EastHarlemExplosion"

@WhereDahekisKen Tweeted, "So much smoke in the area..my house is engulfed with fumes getting sick gotta leave."

Terrorism is unlikely, law enforcement said. However, one user said the experience was reminiscent of 9/11. 

@KidKarma Tweeted, "Sirens, helicopters, chaos & news coverage is all reminiscent of what I saw and felt on 9/11. Prayers to those involved." 

Did you hear or see anything from the East Harlem explosion? How has the interruption in Metro North service affected you? Join the conversation below.

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