As horrific as Wednesday's gas explosion in East Harlem, N.Y., was, it could have been even worse were it not for a "cocoon" of pianos that kept one man safe from the debris, the New York Post reports.
The suspected gas explosion left at least seven dead and two buildings as a pile of rubble. Colin Patterson was lucky enough to survive the catastrophe. The piano technician told the New York Post he was watching television when the 1646 Park Avenue building came crashing down on him.
An explosion that felt "like a sonic boom from a jet" hit, and "the whole building was on me," said Patterson, who lived on the building's ground floor.
Via the New York Post:
“The pianos flew in the air — pianos were all around me,” he said.
“They were literally on their side. I was stuck in some miraculous cocoon” of pianos, he said of the massive wood and steel instruments that fell benignly around his body — shielding him from the weight of five stories worth of debris.
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