Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Explosion at Grand Central Terminal

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Our better half just reported from her mobile that she was evacuated from Grand Central Terminal around 6 pm, with smoke and rumbling in the area, people moving north and east to get away from the area. So far nothing on TV news or websites...

Update 6:15 pm:

Gothamist contributors report possible transformer explosion, white smoke, fire truck leading ConEd truck down Lexington.

Update 6:27 pm:

According to another Gothamist contributor, "channel 7 just confirmed, large transformer explosion that is now a 4 alarm fire"

Update 6:33 pm, from NY1.com:

The fire department is saying that the source of the smoke is a transformer explosion at 370 Lexington Avenue. Sources say the area surrounding 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue has been closed off.

Officials say the attack is not terrorist related.

The five-alarm fire is causing Number 4, 5, and 6 trains to bypass Grand Central Station.

Emergency crews are on the scene. There are no words yet of injuries.

Update 7:00 pm:

Apparently a steam pipe exploded through the street at 370 Lexington. According to NY1.com, "steam and mud shot through a gaping hole in the ground...local news sources are reporting that some people were lying in the street injured...the area between 39th Street and 47th Street and between Third and Lexington Avenues has been closed off."

Update 7:18 pm:

Eyewitness photos of the immediate aftermath at the scene - uploaded from an iPhone, to boot - at http://selectroclash.wordpress.com/

Update 7:31 pm:

Great cutaway diagram of the city's "district steam system" - the largest municipal steam in the world - from ConEd's website:

The full-size version can be downloaded here, along with more info about the system:
http://www.coned.com/newsroom/energysystems_steam.asp

Update 7:36 pm:


WNBC.com reports on casualties: "Up to 11 people may have been injured, according to officials. Two are in critical condition at Cornell, while a third person is still being evaluated. Eight others have been taken to Bellevue, but their condition is not known."

A WNBC-TV viewer, reporting on Gothamist Contribute, says a city Office of Emergency Management Official being interviewed said "A 20-inch steam main exploded. Advice to anyone still in the area is to evacuate - there could be contaminants in the air."

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At 10:05 PM, Blogger Little Blue PD said...

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It happened on the East side of 41st and Lexington Ave. I was like a block away in the office. At first I thought it was thunder, but it just kept going for like over 20 minutes it seemed, and it was very very loud.

Very scary, the NYPD says it was not terrorism. They say it was a steam explosion. Smoke and steam went up over the 45th floor. There was no black smoke like a fire though. People were running down Lexington. It was pretty scary, I was positive while in the area that it was terrorism.

It happened right around the corner from one of the biggest creators of traffic congestion in NYC.

Will Mayor Bloomberg do anything about Park Ave. being blocked off at 42nd street?

I think Mayor Nanny Bloomie is a very arrogant man. I also highly doubt he rides the subway that much. He's the mayor, I want someone driving him around so he can work and make calls and stuff. New Yorkers shouldn't want him wasting all that time on the subway.

We all have to wonder what Bloomberg is really thinking of with this congestion pricing tax scheme. Maybe he mostly just wants a new tax. Just wrap it up in ‘concern for the environment’, and then people can just demonize those who oppose it.

If he cares so much about traffic jams, congestion and air pollution, why does he let Park Avenue be blocked off? Why doesn’t he do anything about that?

It's true, Pershing Square Restaurant blocks Park Avenue going South at 42nd St. for about 12 hours a day/5 months of the year! This Causes Massive Congestion and Air Pollution!

But apparently it does not bother NYC’s Nanny-in-Chief Mike “Congestion Pricing Tax” Bloomberg?

It certainly supports his claim that the city is hugely congested.

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