A Building Exploded in Chinatown

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Photo: Bernice Miller

An apparent gas explosion on Pike Street near East Broadway injured at least twelve people today, three critically, in what one witness described as a "boom, like a bombing, like an earthquake." The Chinatown building partially collapsed, with multiple firefighters sustaining minor injuries. (Update: Police are now saying a pesticide canister blew up at a beauty salon in the building, setting off as many as twenty other "bug bombs.")