Explosion At John F. Kennedy High School In The Bronx Injures Several During Evening Blast
On Thursday night, an explosion at John F. Kennedy High School in the Bronx injured at least three people. The blast, which originated from a gas line, occurred around 8:10 p.m. Seven workers building a science lab were at the school, some of whom were working on the gas main itself. According to the New York Daily News, the high school's fourth through sixth floors sustained significant damage following the incident. The sixth floor, which houses science classes, has reportedly collapsed from the impact in addition to windows being blown out.
Of the three victims who sustained burns from the blast, two are in serious condition, while one is in critical condition. All three are being treated at Jacobi Medical Center. The New York Post reports that almost 140 emergency personnel including EMTs and firefighters have responded. Mayor Bill de Blasio is currently on the scene as well. Huffington Post reporter Kevin Lankes, who lives nearby and felt the explosion from his apartment, is currently on the scene. Lankes says that things appear to be settling down at the high school. Utility company ConEd has confirmed that a gas leak was indeed what caused the explosion, though the gas was reportedly turned off at the time.
This story is developing.