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Explosion In NY?  
User currently offlineSandroZRH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1588 times:

Just in on CNN.

Explosion in central Manhattan. People are running from the scene.

Please tell me this aint true?

[Edited 2007-07-19 00:15:53]

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User currently offlineGoingAround From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1584 times:

Heres hoping for no casualties...  Sad

User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1584 times:

MSNBC.com has a banner, but no story yet.

User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1574 times:

Sounds like the sewer blew up.

.


User currently offlineSandroZRH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1562 times:

Yup, apparently it was a transformer explosion.

At least it's not what i first thought it was.


User currently offlineWalter747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1440 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 1458 times:

It was a steam pipe that exploded. I just saw it on The CBS Evening news. It was not a terrorist attack.


Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/07/18/national/main3072634.shtml



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 62
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 1423 times:

"Some people covered in sludge" -- CNN

Sounds like they've been slimed. We know who to call now!




International Homo of Mystery
User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 1413 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 9):
Sounds like they've been slimed. We know who to call now!

The 1980s?


User currently offlineCharlienorth From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1133 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 1407 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 8):
Quoting Confuscius (Reply 7):
No word if Rudy Guiliani is on the way help?

Oh, my hero!

where's the appeltini?


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 62
Reply 9, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week ago) and read 1361 times:

MSNBC reporting one fatality.


International Homo of Mystery
User currently offlineLegoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3314 posts, RR: 39
Reply 10, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week ago) and read 1336 times:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070718/ap_on_re_us/manhattan_explosion

The steam pipes are sometimes prone to rupture, however. In 1989, a gigantic steam explosion ripped through a street, killing three people and sending mud and debris several stories into the air.

That explosion was caused by a condition known as "water hammer," the result of condensation of water inside a steam pipe.



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User currently offlineYfbflyer From Canada, joined Sep 2006, 299 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week ago) and read 1327 times:

I was flipping through the channels.
It was pretty sad that BBC news was the first ones i saw reporting it. It was a full 30min later when CNN mentioned it on " situation room" I guess Lou Dobbs wouldn't stand to be interrupted while going on about foreigners


User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1301 times:

Some news reports say that the steam pipe which exploded had been installed way back in 1924.


"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1287 times:

Maybe Chertoff's gut finally relieved itself.

User currently offlineFumanchewd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1274 times:

Don't know too much about steam pipes. Do most big cities still use these for heating, etc?

User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8036 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1272 times:

I'm surprised there hasn't been more utility-related explosions in New York City considering how old the infrastructure is there. Wasn't there a building collapse caused by a gas main explosion with in the last 18 months?

User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13198 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1263 times:

So far, it appears that there were over 20 people injured, at least 1 death (a heart attack). An area surrounded by 43rd street to the north, 39th Street to the south and from Vanderbilt Ave. (just west of Grand Central Terminal) east to 3rd Avenue is closed to cars and people. They are continuing to test for asbestos although most - but not all - used to insulate the steam pipe systems was removed years ago so they have to play safe. So far no signs of asbestos problems. There is a tow truck in the crater from this incident. I would assume there is going to be a mess in the area for days, if not weeks. Let us hope there are no more reported deaths or injuries from this event. Of course, terror was suspected with this blast, but that dispelled in a matter of minutes. I wound note the area is close where one can get busses to the 3 metro airports.
I would note that there were very heavy rains in the morning today, it is possible that it may have leaked to the steam pipe and triggered a crack or softened the ground above the pipe to cause a crack too.

Quoting Fumanchewd (Reply 14):
Don't know too much about steam pipes. Do most big cities still use these for heating, etc?

NY City, mainly in Manhattan, has a significant steam line system. Originally, it used the leftover steam from coal and later oil burning electricity generating systems boilers to run the generator turbines. Some steam today is from electricity generation, but with some from specific steam production facilities. A number of larger buildings use the steam system as they then don't have to have their own boilers, with their individual needs for fuel, vent systems all of which would take up a lot of room in the buildings. Through the magic of thermodynamics, hot steam is also used to air condition these buildings! The steam is metered like natural gas and you pay a set price per 1000 cubic feet of steam.

[Edited 2007-07-19 03:52:38]

User currently offlineDavestanKSAN From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 1678 posts, RR: 13
Reply 17, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1246 times:

  RIP to the person who died.   

I hope the injured get well soon!!!!

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 16):

Thanks for the info. I've seen a program I think on the history channel about the city's underground, really interesting. Until something like this happens that is.

Dave

[Edited 2007-07-19 04:05:55]


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User currently offlineAf773atmsp From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2714 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1243 times:

I was in New York last year exactly on July 18! RIP the person that died.  Sad


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User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2556 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1215 times:

Hopefully the injuries were due to debris and not due to steam burns. Steam burns are really nasty and will leave permanent scars if they don't kill you. If you inhale large quantities of super hot steam, it will burn the linings of your lungs and asphyxiate you. Back in the bad old days of steam locomotives on the railroads, many enginemen were killed by such injuries. If the locomotive turned over and the steam pipes in the cab broke, you were in trouble.


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User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1214 times:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SImhk...rl=http%3A%2F%2Fgothamist%2Ecom%2F

looked pretty crazy.


User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2556 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1213 times:

Yeah. Steam under pressure is extremely powerful. Anyone know what pressure that line ran on?


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