Steam pipe explosion causes evacuations, traffic disruptions in New York City

    19 de julio de 2018

    New York, Jul 19 (efe-epa).- A steam pipe ruptured and exploded Thursday morning beneath Fifth Avenue in New York City, forcing the evacuation of 28 buildings and causing major traffic disruptions in Manhattan's Flatiron District.

    The explosion sent large plumes of steam into the sky, and there have been reports of five minor injuries, the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) said on Twitter.

    A spokesperson for the FDNY said it received a call at 6.39 am about a "high-pressure steam explosion" in the neighborhood near Madison Square Park.

    An hour later, 25 fire trucks and more than 100 firefighters and medical personnel were on the scene.

    In its latest tweet about the incident, the FDNY quoted Commissioner Daniel Nigro as saying that two decontamination stations had been set up and that "anyone who feels they were possibly contaminated can report to one of those locations for evaluation."