Bug Bomb Sparks Explosion in Sunnyside Apartment Building

By Gustavo Solis and Aidan Gardiner  on January 20, 2014 12:10pm  | Updated on January 20, 2014 2:15pm

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 The explosion ripped a large hole between two apartments on Greenpoint Avenue, the FDNY said.
Bug Bomb Causes Explosion in Sunnyside
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QUEENS — An explosion triggered by a roach-killing bug bomb blew out a wall between two first-floor apartments in Sunnyside Monday morning, raining debris and injuring one tenant who was hit by a falling TV, fire officials said.

The fire department received a call about 11 a.m. for the explosion at 39-20 Greenpoint Ave., near 39th Street, an FDNY spokesman said.

"We heard a boom. It was very loud," said seventh-floor tenant Sebastian Lena.

The force of the blast blew a 10-by-12-foot hole in the wall between two apartments on the first floor, officials said.

A stove pilot light, which should have been switched off, may have ignited the toxic gases from the bug bomb, fire officials said.

A man suffered minor injuries in the explosion after debris from the wall knocked a television set onto him, firefighters said. He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital.

In July, similar devices exploded in a Chinatown building, causing it to collapse and injure eight people.

The wall was not load bearing so the explosion didn't affect the building's stability, a Department of Buildings spokeswoman said.

However, the DOB issued a mandatory order to vacate for the two affected apartments, the spokeswoman said.

ConEdison crews were also on the scene afterwards.

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