An apparent natural gas explosion did significant damage to a building on the Nyack College campus in Rockland County, New York this morning. Preliminary reports indicate that there are 7 people injured, including one that was thrown through a window by the force of the blast. It was also reported that some people were trapped, but the school has stated that all individuals that had been in the building have been accounted for.
CBS-2 New York reports:
Multiple people were believed to have been trapped, but officials say everyone who was inside at the time of the blast has been accounted for, CBS 2′s Jim Smith reported.
Sources tell WCBS 880 that seven people were injured, including one person who was thrown out of a window from the explosion.
Two people were taken to the hospital with flash burns. The rest suffered minor injuries from broken glass and splintered wood, CBS 2 reported.
Officials are evacuating surrounding homes as a precaution.
In addition to local authorities, the FBI in New York says it is investigating.
“We are looking to see if there is anything for us to look at,” spokesman Jim Margolin said.
No further information is known at this time.