UPDATED 10:12 AM PT — Fri. July 20, 2018
New York City officials are saying it could take days to clean up the scene of a pipe explosion.
Crews are currently working to decontaminate buildings and streets in Manhattan after a steam pipe exploded Thursday morning, which created a huge crater and filled the air with asbestos.
At least 49 buildings were evacuated.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said crews need time to hose down buildings and sidewalks, so residents can safely return to the affected area.
About 500 residents have been displaced, with the Red Cross providing assistance to those affected. Five people suffered minor injuries.
The area will likely remain closed to traffic through the weekend.