December 17, 2007 / 4:38 PM / 11 years ago

Small explosion at News Corp. NY building

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A small chemical explosion at News Corp headquarters in midtown Manhattan on Monday injured one person, a New York Fire Department spokesman said.

Firemen remove their Hazmat suits in front of the NewsCorp building in New York December 17, 2007. A small chemical explosion at News Corp headquarters in midtown Manhattan injured one person, a New York Fire Department spokesman said. Hundreds of employees were evacuated from floors 42 to 45 during the incident. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Hundreds of employees were evacuated from floors 42 to 45 — the top levels of the building — during the incident, he said, adding that the person hurt received minor injuries.

He said the explosion happened in a 45th floor equipment room, housing heating and cooling systems for the Sixth Avenue building, and appeared to be accidental.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Brian Moss/Andre Grenon

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