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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 13: Exterior view of the Madison Square Garden, home of the New York Rangers taken on January 13, 2003 in the New York City, New York. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Officials at Madison Square Garden aren't saying when they might reopen the arena after an asbestos scare.
City environmental officials inspected the facility Tuesday afternoon. They determined that the dust that triggered two air quality detectors did not contain asbestos after all.
The finding came too late in the day to save Tuesday night's Knicks game against the Orlando Magic, which had already been postponed.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Wednesday that even though there was no health risk, the arena's operators deserve credit for putting fan safety first.
A spokeswoman for Madison Square Garden declined to comment on the timetable for a return to normal operations.
The Knicks are scheduled to play the Washington Wizards at the Garden on Friday.