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7 hurt in explosion at suburban NYC college

NYACK, N.Y. — A presumed natural-gas explosion in a college building Tuesday blew out windows, sent a door sailing through the air, and injured seven people, but authorities said none of the injuries was life-threatening.

After the blast, gas rose to ‘‘explosive’’ levels — as high as 70 percent — in the manholes at Nyack College outside New York City, said Mike Donohue of Orange & Rockland Utilities. He said natural gas was assumed to be the cause of the explosion, which happened shortly before noon and caused serious damage to the basement and first floor.

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A female student and six employees were taken to the hospital. The school sent out a tweet saying that ‘‘Everyone is doing ok.’’

The explosion also started a fire that was put out by sprinklers, said Gordon Wren, director of Rockland County Emergency Services.

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Donohue said the gas was turned off and the detected levels of it subsequently fell. Utility workers were trying to find the source of the leak.

Associated Press

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