NYC bus is on fire in midtown Manhattan

The fire broke out in the vicinity of Grand Central Terminal in New York City.

(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

A New York City bus caught fire in midtown Manhattan on Thursday, not far from Grand Central Terminal as the morning rush hour got under way, witnesses said, with at least one describing it as an “explosion.”

@fox5ny bus in fire on the 45th Lexington Avenue

— TheRChannel (@ChannelThe) April 13, 2017

Photos and videos of the scene showed flames and smoke burst from one side of the bus, with the windows blown.

NYC bus explosion next to Grand Central Station. Windows blown out on both sides. #fox5nyc @fox5ny

— Michael Anthny (@MichaelAnthny_) April 13, 2017

The fire broke out around 6:40 pm ET and crews extinguished after about an hour, The New York Post reported. It happened near the corner of Lexington Ave. and E. 45th St.

No passengers were on the bus at the time and no one was injured, WCBS reported.

The cause of the fire is unclear. The Metropolitan Transit Authority did not immediately comment.

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