High-pressure steam leak in Manhattan; no injuries reported

High-pressure steam leak in Manhattan; no injuries reported

High-pressure steam leak in Manhattan; no injuries reported

The steam pipes are part of a 136-year-old system, which local power company Consolidated Edison Inc said was the nation's largest steam system, stretching from the southern tip of Manhattan to 96th Street. Crews were on the scene Friday morning, continuing fix work at the giant crater on Fifth Avenue that opened up as a result of the blast.

A steam pipe exploded beneath Fifth Avenue in Manhattan early Thursday, sending chunks of asphalt flying, a geyser of billowing white steam stories into the air and forcing pedestrians to take cover.

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De Blasio said it could take days to check and clean the buildings, which include 28 in a "hot zone" closest to the site where the blast left a crater roughly 20 feet by 15 feet in the street. The cars around were coated in mud.

About 500 people from almost 250 residential units were displaced by the evacuation order, according to the city's Emergency Management Department. As of publication, no major injuries have been reported - which is a miracle! People near the area were also seen wearing masks, taking the necessary precautions to not inhale any potential contaminants. 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.

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Was riding home this morning in #Nyc and ran right into a giant steam pipe explosion at the intersection of 21th And 5th ave. The explosion injured dozens of people, including a tow-truck driver who was severely burned by the scalding spray. 45 people were injured and one person died (from a heart attack) due to the explosion.

Officials said the blast, which is under investigation, caused no injuries or evacuations, but that they were carefully monitoring the situation as steam continued to spew from the street for at least two hours after the explosion.

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