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Pics: Car explodes in New York City: Report

A parked car bursts into flames in New York City (Twitter/Screenshot)
November 17, 2022

A car parked on the street went up in flames, reportedly after a loud booming sound, in the Hudson Yards area of New York City on Thursday.

Twitter user JarekFA posted a photo of the blaze at 10:51 a.m., noting that the car was parked on West 33rd Street. Two minutes later, the user posted an animated GIF of the car consumed in flames with the caption, “Flaming up good.”

JarekFA told the New York Post they were “in the middle of an office video conference when we heard a loud boom.”

“Looked outside and it was fully engulfed in flames. It was flaming for a good 5 minutes or so,” they added. “There was a second boom so we were concerned maybe another car blew up.”

Another view of the fire was tweeted by Bloomberg reporter Allison McNeely, who said she stumbled across it coming out of a subway station.

“Not something you see every day!” she tweeted. “No one appeared to be harmed and fire department on the way.”

Photos published by the Post show at least four firefighters handling a hose to douse the fire, and several more than that investigating the car’s burned-out husk once it was put out.

The fire department said no one was injured and the source of the blaze was unclear, according to the Post.

Hudson Yards, a neighborhood in Manhattan, is the site of a major redevelopment project that aims to become “a template for the future of cities.” Part of the project involves 28 acres of new skyscrapers and other buildings on a new platform built over a working railyard.

A 150-foot artistic spiraling staircase at Hudson Yards known as “The Vessel” was indefinitely closed in 2021 after a teenager was the fourth person to jump from it to their death, CBS News reported.