A multi-storey building has collapsed in New York City, shocking nearby residents with a deafening boom.
The building, containing a gym, came down suddenly with no warning, with eyewitnesses hearing screaming.
Police say the three-storey building in Brooklyn collapsed on Wednesday afternoon, leaving a huge pile of rubble and covering the street with debris.
The building on the corner of Union Street and President Street came crashing down just before 5pm local time (10pm BST).
It is not clear what caused the building to collapse.
The building had been home to Body Elite Gym for the past 36 years.
Residents reported hearing a “boom” and people screaming.
Vincenza Rizzuto, 35, who lives nearby, was at a traffic light when the building collapsed.
She told the New York Post: “It was a huge boom and then people screamed and smoke was all over.
“It felt like the ground shook.” It was the loudest boom or bang I ever heard.”
She added: “It almost sounded like something exploded.”
The police have confirmed no one was inside the building at the time, as it was covered in scaffolding.
A police source said the gym’s owner had told them all workers have been accounted for.
Another eyewitness Liz DiMartino said: “We just heard a rumble. There was really no warning.
“Everything just kind of whited out for a few minutes and then the building was down.”
The gym, which took up all three floors of the building, had been shut due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’m just thanking God the gym was closed,” Liz added.