Small Chemical Blast Reported In News Corp. Skyscraper

Associated Press, December 17, 2007

NEW YORK -- Fire officials say a chemical reaction caused a small explosion in the skyscraper that houses News Corp.'s Fox News. One person has been injured.

The fire department says the 10:39 a.m. EST incident at 1211 Avenue of the Americas occurred on the 45th floor, which houses the heating and cooling systems and other utilities for the 47-story building.

There are no offices on that floor, or on the three floors above. All three floors have been evacuated. Fire spokesman Jim Long said: "We have some sort of reaction between two chemicals that caused a slight explosion." The chemicals are unknown at this time. ....

One person suffered lacerations to the head. Fox News is housed in the basement of the building. ...
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Explosion at the Fox News Building

The New York Fire Department confirms that there has been a chemical explosion involving acid on the 45th floor at 1211 Avenue of the Americas, the headquarters of Fox News and the New York Post, among other News Corp. operations. Officials say a Department of Environmental Protection worker was conducting an inspection when the chemical explosion went off, and he was injured. Fire and rescue teams have evacuated the 43rd, 44th, and 45th floors. A hazardous materials team is responding.

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