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Nuclear power plant in New York 'stable' after fire

A reactor was shut down after a transformer fire at the Indian Point nuclear plant in Buchanan, New York. Credit: Reuters/Mike Segar

A nuclear power reactor in upstate New York was shut down on after a transformer fire, but officials said the Indian Point plant was stable and there was no threat to residents nearby, Reuters news agency reports.

People in the area reported an explosion and smoke coming from the plant but the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said the fire had been quickly extinguished.

Entergy Corporation, which runs the facility, also tweeted that the "site was safe and secure."

The transformer fire, which triggered the closure of the plant's Unit 3 reactor, was extinguished with no damage to the unit, an Entergy spokesman said.

"These events happen occasionally. They are not unheard of and the plant responded as designed," NRC spokesman Eliot Brenner said in a statement.

The NRC designated the incident an "unusual event," which is the lowest of four categories the agency gives to potential safety or security threats at nuclear plants.

All clear given after Statue of Liberty bomb threat

The Statue of Liberty and Liberty island were evacuated this afternoon Credit: Reuters

UPDATE: A bomb threat that led to the evacuation of the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island was unfounded, a law enforcement official told NBC 4 New York.

The Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island were both evacuated as a precaution amid security concerns, the National Parks Service said.

Parks officials said the evacuation of the New York monument began shortly before 1pm local time and a security sweep of Liberty Island is taking place.

Parks police had received a report of a suspicious package.

Two bodies found after New York gas explosion

Two bodies have been found following a gas explosion which destroyed New York City apartment buildings last week, officials say.

A car sits amongst the rubble after the deadly explosion in New York. Credit: Reuters

The bodies were discovered close to one of the buildings which had been reduced to rubble by the blast on Thursday, the city's fire commissioner Daniel Nigro said.

The remains are believed to belong to two missing men who were eating in a sushi restaurant when the explosion occurred.

Three buildings collapsed and 11 buildings were evacuated after the blast, leaving residents of around 144 apartments homeless.

Four in 'critical condition' after apparent NY gas blast

The apparent gas explosion in New York damaged buildings containing 49 apartments. Credit: APTN

Four people are in 'critical condition' after three apartment buildings collapsed in New York's East Village neighborhood from an apparent gas explosion, authorities said.

The blast injured a total of 19 people and sent flames leaping into the sky.

Bloodied victims ran from the buildings, collapsing on the street, witnesses said.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference that preliminary evidence indicated it was a gas-related explosion.

A Fire Department spokesman said four buildings had caught fire and three had collapsed or partially collapsed.

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