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Crane Boom Breaks While Carrying Load Up Building In The East Village

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - A piece of a crane fell off and struck a building in the East Village Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

Crane Booms Strikes Building

DEVELOPING: A piece of a crane has fallen and struck a building in the East Village. Traffic on the FDR's southbound side has been seriously affected. Read more: Watch more on CBSN New York:

Posted by CBS New York on Tuesday, July 30, 2019

It happened at about 2:45 p.m. at 749 FDR Drive at East 6th Street, which is part of the Jacob Riis Houses.

East Village Crane Accident
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.

Web Extra: Fire Officials On Crane Incident In East Village

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.

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.

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. 

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