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Photos from East Harlem explosion that left at least 2 dead and 17 injured
UPDATE: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says ‘major explosion’ based on gas leak caused collapse of 2 buildings in East Harlem
People missing after Manhattan building blast, NYC mayor says. Number not specified
Some people remain missing after explosion; search ongoing to determine if they are trapped in destroyed buildings
'There's a tremendous amount of anxiety, but suffice it to say, every effort is being made to locate these individuals'
Mayor says no indications of foul play
The project started as a contemplation of the architectural form of the ice shanty. But over the 10-week duration of the ice fishing season, it became much more than that. I found beauty and community, which were clear from the first day I stepped onto the ice. To share the cold and camaraderie, the wet and the silence alters one’s sensibilities.
American photographer Roger Ballen has lived and worked in South Africa for most of his life, creating complex, psychologically disturbing photographs. His artwork is often populated with marginalized outcasts of society who are surrealist “actors” performing in nightmarish constructed environments that are filled with found objects, graffiti, drawing, sculpture, and living and dead animals.
This is photography as theater of the absurd — gruesome, gut-wrenching, bizarre situations dragged up from the author’s id and surfaced in reality as photographs.
CNN: ConEd says it received call of possible gas leak at 9:13 a.m., about 15 mins before explosion. Truck had not arrived yet
At least one person was killed when two buildings collapsed in East Harlem on Wednesday morning, according to authorities, and a senior city official suggested that there would most likely be more fatalities.
Witnesses reported hearing what sounded like an explosion before the buildings collapsed. Flames and smoke could be seen billowing from the street, and the force of the damage blew out windows in neighboring buildings.
At least 16 people were injured, including four seriously, according to city officials. The police said that two residential buildings — 1644 and 1646 Park Avenue — had collapsed.
“This is an occupied building, there were people living there, we have people missing,” the senior official said. “There was a complete collapse; the fire is still going so we can’t make a search. There will be fatalities.”
The Fire Department said it received the first report at 9:31 a.m. and was still working to determine the cause.
In the immediate aftermath, witnesses described a panicked scene, with people running, unsure what was happening.
“I heard this loud explosion and I just jumped and all my windows popped in,” said David Ramirez, 55, who lives in the area. “My building shook and smoke started coming in.”
Waldemar Infante, 24, said that there was a church and a piano store on the street level of the buildings.
“I’m sure there was people in that building when that happened,” he said.
More than 150 firefighters from 39 units responded and were still working to extinguish the fire as paramedics came to the scene. They donned surgical masks as a thick, gray smoke blanketed the neighborhood.
“I was sleeping. I heard the explosion, I saw the smoke; I thought it was a car crash,” Mr. Infante said. “When I ran around the corner to check on my grandmother you couldn’t even see past the 99 cent store. When the smoke cleared up a little bit you could see glass shards; the whole building was gone.”
Metro-North Railroad service in and out of Grand Central Terminal was suspended, officials said, with debris from the buildings thrown onto the elevated train tracks on 116th Street and Park Avenue.
One law enforcement official said Con Ed technicians at the scene have conducted tests that have shown a high level of gas.
“Con Ed is on the scene, but they don’t have access,” the official said, because the fire is still burning.
The official said it appeared that there was a large explosion.
This might be the worst Photoshopping we’ve ever seen… maybe even worse than the floating inspectors from China. Because while usually the Photoshop goof-ups pointed out by websites like Jezebel aren’t all that horrific (as the Lena Dunham debacle pointed out), in this case, they hit the mother load.
Originally discovered by The Ethical Adman, Target’s website shows their “Xhilaration® Junior’s Midkini 2-Piece Swimsuit” on a model that’s not just overly thin or missing her pores, she’s missing chunks of her body that look like they were taken out using the erase tool.
What’s worse, other parts were left in, random pieces of person that now look like spikes sticking out of armpits and pieces of finger that used to be thigh. We really can’t do this justice in words, so we’ll let you feast your eyes instead.