NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A broken piece of air conditioning equipment briefly trapped three people on an elevator at 1 World Trade Center Tuesday afternoon.

The incident took place at around 12:45 p.m., when a condenser pipe that serves the air conditioning system broke on the 88th floor, according to the Port Authority.

The broken pipe sent water flowing down stairways and into the elevator banks.

“All of a sudden I started seeing water drop out the top of the elevator, it started slowing down, the lights started flashing and it just stopped,” said Philip Pessutti, who was trapped on the elevator.

Pessutti was one of three people stuck in the elevator but were pulled out by 1:30 p.m.

“It was pretty terrifying, didn’t know what it was. My feet are still wet actually,” Pessutti said.

There were no injuries.

Maintenance crews are addressing the situation.


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