Dramatic Images: Steam Pipe Explodes, Buries Part of Midtown in Cloud

A steam pipe exploded in the Flatiron District Thursday morning. Chopper4 over the scene shows massive plume of smoke burying part of midtown.

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An early morning steam pipe explosion at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 21st Street left a crater in midtown Manhattan on July 19, 2018.
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Steam rises near the site of a steam pipe explosion on Fifth Avenue near the Flatiron District on July 19, 2018, in New York City.
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The explosion left behind a wide crater on the streets of midtown Manhattan.
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A man takes a photo near the site of a steam pipe explosion on Fifth Avenue near the Flatiron District on July 19, 2018, in New York City. Buildings were evacuated while multiple streets were closed within the area.
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Steam rises over onlookers near the site of a steam pipe explosion on Fifth Avenue near the Flatiron District on July 19, 2018, in New York City.
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Firefighters work near the scene of a steam pipe explosion on Fifth Avenue near the Flatiron District on July 19, 2018, in New York City.
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A worker looks at steam coming from 5th Avenue after a steam explosion tore apart the street in the Flatiron District of New York on July 19, 2018. Officials said firefighters responded and were evacuating buildings near the accident. The city's fire department reported no injuries or deaths.
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A Con Edison energy company employee talks on the phone as steam rises near the site of a steam pipe explosion on Fifth Avenue near the Flatiron District on July 19, 2018, in New York City.
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Steam rises from a crater left behind by a steam pipe explosion in midtown Manhattan on July 19.
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Steam rises from a crater left behind by a steam pipe explosion in midtown Manhattan on July 19.
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Steam rises from a steam pipe explosion in midtown Manhattan on July 19, prompting concerns over asbestos exposure.
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Steam rises over midtown Manhattan after an early morning steam pipe explosion caused New Yorkers to evacuate from buildings in the Flatiron district.
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The FDNY set up a decontamination station a couple of blocks from the scene for first responders. The explosion prompted concerns of asbestos exposure among New Yorkers.
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