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Lethal explosion destroys New York buildings

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NEW YORK — An explosion today leveled two New York City apartment buildings, killing two people, injuring 17 others and sending smoke billowing above the skyline.

The blast happened after a neighbor reported smelling natural gas.

The New York Police Department said two females died in the explosion, but no further information was available.

Con Edison spokesman Bob McGee said a resident from a building adjacent to the two that collapsed reported that he smelled gas inside his apartment, but…

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