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3 dead, 9 missing in explosion of NYC apartment buildings

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NEW YORK (WDRB/AP) -- A third person is confirmed dead in an explosion that destroyed two New York City apartment buildings, and nine of the buildings' occupants remain missing.

A gas leak triggered the explosion Wednesday morning on Park Avenue and 116th Street in East Harlem. The blast also injured more than 60 people. At least three of the injured were children.

The explosion shattered windows a block away, rained debris onto elevated commuter railroad tracks close by, cast a plume of smoke over the skyline and sent people running into the streets.

Smoke could be seen pouring out of the windows from the ground and air, and broken glass littered the sidewalks.

Authorities say the fiery blast erupted about 9:30 a.m., around 15 minutes after a neighboring resident reported smelling gas.

People who lived in buildings nearby reported smelling gas shortly before this morning's explosion.

Gas has been shut off around the area, but officials won't speculate on whether a gas leak caused the blast.

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