Fire crews responded to the scene of a school bus fire in Midtown this morning after it burst into flames near Macy's.
Firefighters say they responded quickly to the scene on Seventh Avenue and 35th Street around 8:25 a.m.
At one point, flames were seen shooting out of the bus.
There were also reports of a small explosion.
A Department of Education spokesperson says the bus, operated by MV Transit, initially had eight students onboard when it broke down.
They were later transferred onto another bus and brought to school.
The DOE says the fire broke out as the driver was attempting to drive it to the repair depot.
The driver was not injured.
Witnesses say it was a very dramatic scene, as smoke could be seen for several blocks in Midtown.
"There was fire all over, all over the smoke, people were coughing, it was crazy, it was crazy, it was really crazy," said one witness.
"There was a lot of explosions. I guess it must have reached the battery of the bus and it looked like white phosphorous, and the firefighters were right there, and it's amazing how those guys are never scared. I mean everybody was just running for cover after the explosions started happening," said another.
The upper half of the bus was completely charred and all of its windows were eventually blown out.
The fire remains under investigation.