Steam Pipe Explosion Sends Plumes Of Smoke Onto Manhattan Street

Photos: Steam Pipe Explosion in New York City

The blast rocked the Flatiron District, but no injuries were reported.

An underground steam pipe in the Flatiron section of Manhattan exploded on the morning of July 19. The dramatic blast happened near Fifth Avenue and 21st Street, but the New York Fire Department reported that no one was injured and that nearby residents were told to shelter in place. The New York Times reported that 138 firefighters were on the scene as of 8 a.m. local time. The morning commute was disrupted, but Corey Johnson, the New York City Council speaker, tweeted that it was “a miracle no one was hurt.”

A long-range shot of the steam rising from the explosion on Fifth Avenue. Drew Angerer/Getty Images A long-range shot of the steam rising from the explosion on Fifth Avenue. Some passersby stop and look, and others go about their day. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Some passersby stop and look, and others go about their day.

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Firefighters at work near the scene. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Firefighters at work near the scene. The <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/19/nyregion/steam-explosion-pipe-flatiron-nyc.html" target="_blank">New York Times reports</a> that 33 units of the FDNY were dispatched. Drew Angerer/Getty Images The New York Times reports that 33 units of the FDNY were dispatched. A firefighter passes by near the explosion scene. Drew Angerer/Getty Images A firefighter passes by near the explosion scene. An onlooker takes a photo of the billowing steam. Drew Angerer/Getty Images An onlooker takes a photo of the billowing steam.



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