Steam pipe explosion in Manhattan

Frederick Owens
July 20, 2018

Nearby residents were initially told to take shelter in place, but according to New York City Council Speaker, Corey Johnson, Con Edison and FDNY have since told residents to evacuate their homes. The cars around were coated in mud.

Authorities were rushed to the scene and evacuated several buildings.

A almost century-old steam pipe has exploded beneath New York's famous Fifth Avenue, hurling chunks of asphalt, sending a geyser of white vapour 10 storeys into the air, and forcing the evacuation of 28 buildings. There have been no immediate reports of injuries.

Multiples streets were closed in the area including a stretch of Fifth Avenue. 138 firefighters and 33 NYFD units had arrived on the scene as of 8 AM ET, with police shutting down traffic on major thoroughfares.

The blast sent thick smoke into the sky and spewed debris all over the streets, turning the area into a ghost town as millions of commuters were forced to find another way to work.

An Emergency Responder examines Midtown Manhattan's steam pipe explosion in New York City U.S

Many MTA express buses that travel to Manhattan from Staten Island are being detoured around the site of a steam explosion in the Flatiron District of Manhattan for the Friday morning commute. People near the area were also seen wearing masks, taking the necessary precautions to not inhale any potential contaminants.

Con Ed said it was working to isolate the rupture and to close valves. RAW VIDEO from NewsCopter7 of the blast craterAnd they want you to turn those clothes in, because long-term exposure to asbestos can cause serious health problems, even cancer. The rush-hour explosion, on July 18, 2017, shot debris 40 stories into the air!

Hours later, we finally have insights on what exactly happened that caused the insane and destructive explosions. 45 people were injured and one person died (from a heart attack) due to the explosion.

Crews are now working to decontaminate buildings and streets in Manhattan after a steam pipe exploded Thursday morning, which created a huge crater and filled the air with asbestos.

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