Early this morning around 6:40 AM, a large steam pipe exploded in the Flatiron District at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 21st Street. At the time, the explosion shocked New Yorkers and viewers all across the country. The explosion caused disruption amongst New Yorkers trying to make their way to work and those who live in the Flatiron District.
28 buildings were quickly evacuated as a result of the shocking explosion. Chunks of asphalt and white vapour erupted through the air, shocking onlookers in the area.
Another photo from the scene of the explosion this morning. Serious damage. Thank god no injuries being reported. pic.twitter.com/ldvJV5E0OQ
Even though the explosion seemed deadly, no one was hurt. Thankfully, only several "minor injuries" were reported as a result of the steam pipe explosion. Five people, including three civilians, suffered minor injuries from the blast.
Emergency officials warned citizens that if they were hit by any materials from the blast, that they should shower immediately and bag their clothes as they may be affected by asbestos.
Was riding home this morning in #Nyc and ran right into a giant steam pipe explosion at the intersection of 21th And 5th ave. It happened around 6:40am pic.twitter.com/h3VE7LDzpZ
As of now, there haven't been any reports of structural damage to the buildings in the area, but the threat of asbestos could make the situation much more complicated. If asbestos is confirmed at the scene, the clean up could reportedly take days.
What led to the steam pipe exploding is still unknown, but officials are currently examining the scene and have launched a full investigation.
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