– Two steam pipes explode in mid-town Manhattan – Explosion was caused by underground water pipes leaking onto the hot steam pipe.
– There were no reports of injuries, NYPD official told APB News
Monday, April 11, 2016 – APB News NYC:
By Mike Leventhal Staff Writer
Two steam pipes exploded in mid-town Manhattan on Monday morning leaving plumes of smoke billowing from the middle of Sixth Avenue at 58th Street.
The explosion occurred around 10 AM (ET) on West 58th Street and Avenue of the Americas due to a water main break, NYPD Sargent Jones told reporters on the scene likely caused by leaking water feeding onto the hot underground steam pipe.
There were no reports of injuries, according to the NYPD and the FDNY.
Buildings on Manhattan’s 58th Street between 5th and 8th Avenues were evacuated after the steam burst out from man holes in the street, spaying dirt and debris across vehicles and the road but were allowed to return shortly thereafter.
The FDNY were quickly on scene along with NYC Dept of Environment Protection and the NYPD – cordoning off to vehicles and pedestrians.
Vehicle access was temporarily shut off on 58th Street between 6th and 8th Avenue.
Con Ed said that ten minutes later the NYFD had shut off the valve and the billowing smoke had died down.
Construction workers at a nearby building were dusting themselves off from the underground ash and debris as seen on this cement ruck.
The DEP says they will be forced to dig up a part of the street to see what the pipes look and make repairs.