A steam pipe exploded in Manhattan on Thursday morning as millions of commuters made their way to work, leaving an enormous hole on Fifth Avenue and sparking concerns of asbestos exposure.
The blast happened at 6.40am between 21st and 22nd street outside the retailer Club Monaco. It was first categorized as a 2 alarm incident but it rose to being a 3 alarm within an hour of the explosion.
There were no injuries as a result of the blast but it sent dirty water, steam and smoke spewing into the air and pouring down the busy street.
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