New York News
Queensboro Bridge open again following oxygen tank explosion
NEW YORK (WABC) -- Traffic is back to normal on the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge after an oxygen tank explosion created a fireball and shut down the span Sunday evening.
Fire officials say it happened just before 7 p.m. Sunday on the Queens-bound lower level entrance to the bridge, naer 2nd Avenue. There were no reports of injuries and the fire was extinguished.
Neighbor Jim Holtje said the explosion startled him out of his chair. The 47-year-old said it "sounded like a giant thunder clap, but twice as loud."
Authorities say the truck was carrying several tanks, including two oxygen tanks, one of which exploded when the truck's engine caught fire.
Traffic, which had been closed on the bridge, has since resumed in both directions.
CLICK HERE to see pictures from the truck fire.
new york city, fire, queensboro bridge, new york news
- Teen clerk beaten in deli robbery; $30,000 stolen 51 min ago
- AccuWeather: Clear and Cold
- Live: Eyewitness News on 7online streamed live!
- DISH Network signs on for WATCH ABC app
- Man claims football players beat him in Soho club
- Fire at Red Carpet Inn in Elmwood Park, New Jersey
- Suspect in Boston rice cooker incident sent to psych hospital
- 6 dead, 290 missing in South Korea ferry disaster
- Rare spring snow coats cars, slicks roads
- Photos: Spring snow around New York area
- Jenny McCarthy announces engagement on "The View"
- Drugs stashed in hiding places in Manhattan apartments
- Surprise field day for kids from burned-down school
- College Board provides a glimpse of new SAT 58 min ago
Eyewitness News Links
Most Viewed StoriesMost Viewed Photos