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Loose Bricks 15 Stories Up Shut Down Third Avenue In East Village

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Busy Third Avenue was shut down in the East Village Wednesday afternoon, amid worries about bricks falling from a building.

The NYPD and the FDNY were dispatched to Third Avenue at East 9th Street after a call about loose bricks on the 15th floor of the 20-story building, officials said.

Initially, there were reports that bricks fell from the building, but the FDNY later said that was not the case. Rather, fire crews they found a 10-by-10 section of the building's façade that had buckled and was in danger of collapse, the FDNY told CBS2.

There was no immediate threat to public because there was already a sidewalk shed in place, the FDNY said. Only three apartments were evacuated.

Late Wednesday, Third Avenue remained closed between 9th and 10th streets. It was not known when the street would reopen.

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