Friday, August 21, 2015

Gas Explosion Rocks Kennedy Campus

  At 8 PM last night an explosion rocked the Kennedy campus home to 8 schools and over 4,000 high school students. The above photo shows only some of the emergency response that responded to a call of a gas explosion at the Marble Hill site. 

  It appears to be a mistake by the contractors working on refurbishing the science labs in the rear of the building,where plumbers were working on the gas lines when the explosion took place at 8 PM. Rescue units from all over the Bronx and Upper Manhattan responded, and 3 of the workers were taken to the hospital with injuries, 2 of them serious. As you will see in the photos below the windows and part of the building were blown to the ground across the rear courtyard of the high school building. The force of the explosion sent some parts of the window frames, glass, and building exterior to the roadway leading to the back of the building and to the front parking lot. Mayor Bill de Blasio arrived at the site a few hours later saying that it is not known if part or all of the building will open in September when the new school year begins, and that the building will be carefully inspected for any structural damage.

Above - Another photo of the huge response by emergency workers.
Below - The sixth floor science lab area where the explosion happened. 3 classrooms were heavily damaged, and you can see some of the glass and building exterior on the ground.

Above - A better photo of the damaged 6th floor of the 8 story school.
Below - Parts of the window frames, and glass were blown on to the roadway in front of the building, and even into the front parking lot.

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