March 12, 2014 in New York history

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6 years ago on March 12th, 2014

A natural gas explosion levels two five-story buildings on Park Avenue

The blast at 116th Street killed eight people, injured 70, and displaced 100 families. A resident in a neighboring building had noticed the odor of gas and called ConEd, but the explosion occurred shortly after the call was made. The NTSB investigation highlighted both faulty joining of pipes and an underground collapse that caused the pipes to bend and crack open. The gas main buried under Park Avenue at that location was found to date back to 1887. Today, the site of the collapsed buildings is fenced off and carries memorials to those lost in the blast and a plaque commemorating the event.


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Record High: 71°F in 2012
Record Low: 8°F in 1888


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