Steam pipe explosion: Locals warned of possible asbestos contamination; vehicles trapped under soot

MANHATTAN — People living near the site of a steam pipe explosion that left a large hole in the street, and streets and several vehicles buried under soot, are advised by Con Ed to immediately shower and bag clothing in case of possible asbestos contamination.

The steam pipe burst around 6:40 a.m. along Fifth Avenue between W. 21st and W. 22nd Streets.

Steam continued to billow from a large hole in the ground nearly two hours later. Streets in the area have been closed, and subways and...

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