Fire destroys small school bus in NYC; no injuries

November 22, 2011 7:31:17 AM PST
Authorities say eight students had been transferred from a broken-down Manhattan school bus before it became engulfed in flames.

The bus was being taken for repairs when the fire began Tuesday morning. The students were already aboard a different bus, and the driver got out safely.

Police blocked off the busy area around 7th Avenue and 35th Street for about a half-hour.

Thick black smoke filled the area. The upper half of the bus was blackened and the windows were blown out. The seat cushions were disintegrated. A minor explosion was heard inside the bus as it burned.

People on the street took photos of the dramatic scene.

The NYPD said in response to a passerby's concern that there was no suspicion of terrorism.