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Dangerous Blast Of Steam Stops Midday Traffic On Upper East Side

Upper East Side Steam Blast

A blast of steam stopped traffic on the Upper East Side Tuesday. (Credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A dangerous blast of steam stopped traffic Tuesday on the Upper East Side.

The steam broke through Third Avenue near 86th Street just after 1 p.m. Tuesday. No one was injured or evacuated.

As the steam poured from underground, traffic was rerouted.

Con Ed was able to close the valve around 30 minutes after the leak was reported.

The utility said a main ruptured, causing the steam to discharge.

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