LOWER EAST SIDE — A burst FDNY ladder truck tire blew out the front window of a boutique at the base of the Williamsburg Bridge and injured three people Monday afternoon, fire officials and witnesses said.
Ladder Company 18's truck tire exploded as it pulled up to the curb in front of Snea Jean Inc., a clothing store at 160 Delancey St. near Clinton Street, shattering the stores windows and blowing dust and debris across the sidewalk. They were heading to a building inspection, officials said.
"As they were pulling in, they hit the metal part of the sidewalk," FDNY Chief John Rail said. "It stretched the tire and the tire blew."
The chief said that three people received minor cuts, but refused medical treatment and were not taken to the hospital.
"It was loud, it was dusty," newsstand worker Rushabh Kagathara, 24, said.
Snea Jean employee Luz Maria Chimelis, 24, said that the force of the tire pushed her and her boss back from the window. They were not injured.
"We just got nervous," she said.