By Sabina Mollot
On Wednesday morning, a water main broke on Fifth Avenue and 20th Street, sending steam shooting up into the air, reminiscent of the steam blast last July just a block north.
According to Con Ed, it was city equipment under the oversight of the Department of Environmental Protection that was impacted. However, utility workers shut off a number of valves (none affecting area residents) out of caution to see if any of their own underground equipment regulation steam and electric service was also affected.
The blast happened at around 7:20 a.m., according to the FDNY. There was no impact on anyone’s subway commute however, according to an MTA spokesperson. Con Ed and DEP personnel remained at the scene at the southeast and southwest corners of the intersection.