Midtown steam pipe rupture closes streets - Metro US

Midtown steam pipe rupture closes streets

A Monday morning break in a Midtown Manhattan steam pipe has led to blocked-off streets as emergency responders investigated the incident.

The steam pipe burst near the corner of West 58thStreet and Sixth Avenue just before 10 a.m., NBC4 reported.

West 58thStreet between Sixth and Eighth avenues was closed, as well as Sixth Avenue between 57thand 59thstreets, as officials investigated the broken pipe, NY1 reported, adding that Con Edison said steam to the area has been shut off.

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A maintenance worker in a nearby building told NBC4 that he felt the building shake around the time when the incident occurred.

“I just felt tons of steam coming out. It was intense because you just didn’t know what was going to happen next,” Saira Malhotra, who witnessed the steam, said to NBC4. “All of a sudden, you just couldn’t see down the street.”

There was no word on any evacuations, NY1 added.

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The New York City Department of Environmental Protection said they plan to dig up the street to check the infrastructure, according to NBC4, which added that no injuries have been reported in connection to the incident.

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