NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A piece of a crane fell off and struck a building in the East Village Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.
It happened at about 2:45 p.m. at 749 FDR Drive at East 6th Street, which is part of the Jacob Riis Houses.
A window was shattered when part of a crane collapsed in the East Village on July 30, 2019. (credit: Cynthia Martin)
Video from scene shows part of the crane’s boom dangling down high above the street. One resident said debris smashed her window.
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The crane was transporting a load of construction material to the roof of the building when the boom snapped, FDNY Deputy Chief Kevin Brennan said. Part of the load slid down the side of the building, causing some superficial damage and taking out some air conditioners on its way down.
(East Village, Manhattan) Crane Snapped — Firefighters are on scene at FDR Dr & E 7th St, where no injuries are reported after a piece of a crane broke off. More updates and video here: https://t.co/NR0pl2BHsO #CitizenApp #ProtectTheWorld pic.twitter.com/af7oniW4hQ
— Citizen NYC (@CitizenApp_NYC) July 30, 2019
No one was injured in the incident. The building is said to have suffered superficial damage.
Authorities have evacuated two buildings. Department of Buildings inspectors were checking the stability of the building to determine when residents could be readmitted.
Right now the FDR is closed in BOTH directions around East 6th Street in Manhattan because of an incident with a construction crane nearby.Use alternate routes and avoid the area if you can. FDNY, OEM & Buildings Dept are on the ground to keep people safe and get this resolved. https://t.co/Fbhc9RuuHC
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) July 30, 2019
Traffic in the area was rerouted as authorities secured the site. All southbound lanes of FDR are closed near the site, one lane northbound is also closed.
Check back soon for more on this developing story.