Earlier this morning, we reported on the explosions that shut down New York City's Flatiron District. Approximately 25 fire trucks and over 100 firefighters were sent to the scene of the explosion.
Hours later, we finally have insights on what exactly happened that caused the insane and destructive explosions.
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— Corey Johnson (@CoreyinNYC) July 19, 2018
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.
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.