One witness, Tsi Tsi Mallett, who was in a car driving along 23rd Street when the explosion took place, said: “It was really loud, it hurt my eardrums. My 10-year-old boy was sat in the back seat of the car, and the explosion blew the back window out.”
Neha Jain, 24, who lives in the neighborhood, said she was sitting in her room watching a film when she suddenly heard a huge boom and everything shook.
She said: “Pictures on my wall fell, the window curtain came flying as if there was a big gush of wind. Then we could smell smoke. Went downstairs to see what happened and firemen immediately told us to go back.”