Pipe explosion fills Manhattan streets with steam (PHOTO, VIDEO)
Fire in the Flatiron District. 5th Ave and 21st St. pic.twitter.com/lXSMxDaMD2— Matt Wade (@HiddenNYCFoodie) July 19, 2018
WATCH — smoke from a pipe explosion in New York City at Broadway & 21st near the Flatiron Building— J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) July 19, 2018
The incident occurred at around 6:40 AM on the on Fifth Avenue between 22nd and 21st streets, the CBS reports.
Just your average morning seeing a massive cloud of smoke on the way to work. Apparently it's a steam pipe explosion? Is that a big deal? Good luck on your commute anyone going to Flatiron. pic.twitter.com/DkBYWsh48Z— Jerry 20P (@SalesforceJerry) July 19, 2018
The blast ripped the pavement apart, with massive plumes of steam coming from the crack. At least, five high-pressure steam pipes exploded in Flatiron District, according to the New York Post.
Fifth Avenue was closed to traffic from 30th to 14th Street due to the blast, while R and W trains bypassed 23rd Street in both directions to turn the morning rush hour into a nightmare.
The explosion in Manhattan was “pretty violent,” an eye witness told New York Daily News. “The steam was shooting up into the air about 70 feet… The cars around were coated in mud... It left a huge crater in the middle of the street.”
There have been no fatalities of injuries reported so far, but the New York authorities have evacuated the people from the nearby buildings as a precaution.
Two hours after the blast, the emergencies services have been unable to contain the steam leakage, the NBC reported.
Con Edison, which provides steam service in Manhattan, said that it was conducting environmental testing for asbestos and other contaminants near the site. The Company also urged anyone, who was affected by the debris, to take a shower and change their cloths.
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