A house believed to be a drug den exploded in the Bronx Tuesday, injuring at least seven people, including firefighters, according to police and fire officials.
The extent of the injuries wasn’t immediately clear following the blast on West 234th Street near Tibbett Avenue in Kingsbridge shortly before 7:30 a.m., officials said. About an hour earlier, firefighters had responded to a report of a gas smell at the location and found the drug lab, police say.
The NYPD was called in, but the two-story house exploded before officers could assess the lab or the rest of the location, according to police. Streets were shut down in the area as utility crews, firefighters and police cordoned off the site. Video from the scene shows the home completely demolished, the roof in shambles, partially collapsed over one of the building’s sides. Debris was strewn all over the street, covering parked cars.
One Instagram user said the blast “shook my whole neighborhood,” adding it “felt like a bomb went off.” Another neighbor said her windows shook. Still another said she felt as if there had been an earthquake.
A photo taken from the 238th Street subway platform showed a plume of smoke rising into the air.