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Empty Building Cited for Loose Bricks Collapses in New York City

A vacant building recently cited for loose bricks and other violations collapsed in New York City Thursday morning, leaving a mound of rubble but causing no injuries.

A portion of the five-story building at 71 Reade Street in lower Manhattan came crashing down at about 6:15 a.m. Thursday.

New York City Buildings Department officials say it was under construction and unoccupied at the time of the collapse.

Right. It “collapsed.” Just fell down on its own, without warning. Come on, man: it was a controlled explosion. Any engineer will tell you it’s structurally impossible for a bricks-and-mortar building to implode that way. If I may draw your attention to the whiffs of smoke in frame 29…

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