Steam explosion causes scare in NYC; not believed to be terrorism

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NEW YORK (AP) - Fire and emergency crews responded to the scene of a suspected steam explosion near Grand Central Terminal in
Manhattan on Wednesday during the evening rush hour, officials
The New York Police Department said a steam pipe exploded, and
had no immediate detail on possible injuries. The NYPD said it does
not appear to be terrorism-related.
A geyser of steam, sometimes white and sometimes brownish, shot
into the air from a gaping hole in the street near the train
station as high as the nearby Chrysler Building. The air near the
site was filled with debris.
Consolidated Edison said there was an operational problem the
area and utility crews were responding, but had no more immediate
Thousands of commuters evacuated the train terminal, some at a
run, after workers yelled for people to get out of the building.
Witnesses reported that their buildings shook.

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