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Part of abandoned building falls in Times Square

Collapsed building
Section of building collapses in Times Square   

No injuries reported

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Part of an abandoned six-story building where 20,000 balloons for the Times Square New Year's Eve celebration were stored collapsed in the square early Tuesday, temporarily closing some of 42nd Street a day before the annual celebration. No injuries were reported.

Peter Coleman of the Times Square Business Improvement District said the balloons were recovered after the collapse at 5:20 a.m. They were stored in a section of the building that remained intact.

The combination of a winter storm and construction of a hotel and entertainment center next door apparently caused the collapse, city Buildings Commissioner Gaston Silva said. The structure was built in 1926-27.

To minimize vibrations that could cause further collapse, the New York Transit Authority was asked to reduce subway speeds in the area on Manhattan's west side.

On December 7, a facade being repaired at Madison Avenue and 55th Street crumbled, slightly injuring two pedestrians and forcing businesses to close during the busy holiday season.

Reuters contributed to this report.

 
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