A steam pipe exploded in Manhattan this morning causing chaos during rush hour traffic.
The incident happened at 6.40am on 5th Avenue in the Flatiron District between 21st and 22nd street.
The explosion is believed to have come from a pipe in the street but authorities are working to evacuate people in surrounding buildings.
The spokesman described it as a ‘high pressure steam leak’ but said investigators are yet to conclusively say what caused it.
Bystanders shared astonishing photographs of plumes of steam rushing down the iconic street as fire fighters worked to get it under control.