A video posted on social media from the lower Manhattan financial district indicated that at around 4:30 pm on Tuesday, a parking structure partially collapsed.
Officials said that at least four people were hospitalized and one person died. Multiple reports indicate trapped or injured individuals.
Firefighters and rescue crews are on the scene searching for anyone who may have been injured or trapped.
Another video showing the scene has been posted on social media.
Robot navigates shattered glass and other debris and enters the collapsed garage in Lower Manhattan. As a drone surveys the devastation from above. pic.twitter.com/vBuRUiHcUD
— Erasmo Guerra (@erasmoguerra) April 18, 2023
A second video posted on social media showed a car falling from the garage.
The NYC Mayor’s Office said that the parking lot was located on Ann Street between Nassau Street & William Street.
New York City Fire Department searched the rubble using drones and Boston Dynamics robotic dogs.
Witnesses have reported hearing what they believe to be an explosion.
Jadess, a 19-year-old student, said, “There was a big boom and I thought, ‘What was that?'” “We heard women and men screaming and there were cars piled on top of one another along with debris.”
A similar incident occurred in 2015, when three floors of a parking structure collapsed in Washington, D.C., at the famous Watergate Hotel.
This story is developing and we will update it with new information as it becomes available.
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