Car­bon monox­ide leak sick­ens 32 peo­ple in New York City

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NEW YORK | A car­bon monox­ide leak in a build­ing three blocks from

the World Trade Cen­ter sick­ened 32 peo­ple and raised alarm that shut­tered sev­eral busy blocks in lower Man­hat­tan at the start of the work­day Tues­day, au­thor­i­ties said.

The prob­lem ul­ti­mately was traced to a bro­ken boiler pipe in a gro­cery store base­ment, Fire Chief James Leonard said.

But peo­ple started feel­ing faint around 8:30 a.m. just as a worker opened a pack­age in the base­ment, stir­ring wor­ries that the par­cel might have been poi­sonous.

The con­cern brought a po­lice bomb squad and FBI agents to the scene. Au­thor­i­ties de­ter­mined the pack­age wasn’t haz­ardous, Chief Leonard said. It con­tained salad bowls.

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