High rise chemical spill snarls NY`s Times Square

Several blocks of NYT were closed down after an hazardous materials spill in a high rise building.

New York: Several blocks of New York`s Times Square were closed down on Sunday night, creating chaos in the packed tourist district after an accidental hazardous materials spill in a high rise building, authorities said.

The west side of 7th Avenue from 44th Street to 47th Street was closed down to vehicular and pedestrian traffic shortly after 9 p.m. after a machine malfunctioned, spilling about 30 gallons (136.5 liters) of hydrogen peroxide on a high floor at 1515 Broadway, a New York Police Department spokesman said.

Two workers using the machine were decontaminated at the scene and refused further medical attention, and no other injuries were reported.

Fire Department and other emergency services vehicles snarled several blocks hours later, drawing crowds of onlookers in the city`s prime tourist spot and recalling a frightening incident earlier this year when a car bomb was driven into Times Square on a Saturday night.

The device failed to detonate fully and was defused, and a suspect was later apprehended, but the incident frayed nerves in the city with still fresh memories of the September 11 attacks and destruction of the World Trade Center.

Bureau Report

Kolkata: The Indian Football Association
(West Bengal) will kick off the Sahara Calcutta Football
League (CFL) Premier Division on Tuesday.

On the opening day`s fixtures, Southern Samity will take
on Railway FC at Mohun Bagan ground, the IFA stated while
announcing the fixtures for the first six days.

However, the fixtures for the three I-League clubs --
Chirag United, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal -- and Mohammaden
Sporting are yet to be decided.

Mohun Bagan finished champions while Chirag United
finished second in the CFL Premier Division 2009-10.


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