NEW YORK - Fire and emergency crews responded to the scene of a suspected steam explosion near Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan on Wednesday during the evening rush hour, officials said.
The New York Police Department said a steam pipe exploded but had no immediate details on possible injuries. The NYPD said the incident did not appear to be terrorism-related.
Two people were injured in the incident, according to WNBC-TV.
"It is a steampipe explosion — not terrorism," NYPD spokesman Paul Browne told the station.
A large column of gray smoke poured from the vicinity of a building near Grand Central Terminal and the Chrysler Building, and the air near the site was filled with ash.
In the moments after the explosion, large crowds of homeward-bound commuters milled in the streets around Grand Central Terminal, nervously sharing information. Inside the station, food vendors
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