- At least two victims were found in the rubble
- Officials have requested helicopters to take the wounded to the hospital
- The public was asked to avoid the area
At least seven people were injured in an explosion Thursday after a construction crew reportedly ruptured a natural gas line in Wappingers Falls, New York.
The explosion damaged a four-unit apartment building, causing half of it to collapse, and officials declared it a mass casualty incident (MCI).
According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, at least two victims were found in the rubble. Children are reportedly among the injured.
A heavy equipment operator is reportedly trapped in his machine as first responders attempt to reach him.
One of the injured is a state trooper who was one of the first to respond to the scene.
At least seven people were injured in an explosion Thursday after a construction crew reportedly ruptured a natural gas line in Wappingers Falls, New York
Officials have requested helicopters to take the wounded to the hospital.
The public was asked to avoid the areas of Main Street, Mesier Park, Mill Street and High Street while firefighters work.
Dutchess County Emergency Management said, “Please note that EAST and WEST MAIN ST in the V/Wappingers between SOUTH AVE and DELAVERGNE AVE are CLOSED due to extended fire response to a building collapse. “Please avoid the area until further notice.”
Governor Kathy Hochul issued a statement regarding the incident.
She wrote: “I have been notified of the building collapse in Dutchess County and have dispatched State Emergency Medical Services personnel to assist in the relief effort.” “New Yorkers: Please follow the instructions of law enforcement and other first responders concerned with the safety of the people Using community.”
Investigations are currently underway to find out the cause of the explosion.