The scene following a steam pipe explosion in the Flatiron district.

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Frustrated Residents Want To Go Home As Cleanup Continues In Flatiron After Steam Pipe Explosion

July 22, 2018 - 7:21 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Cleanup in the Flatiron District from a steam pipe explosion was nearly complete Sunday, but nearly 500 residents and business owners may remain displaced into the week.

Neither Con Edison nor the city could say when the residents and workers would be able to re-enter the asbestos-tainted area as cleanup crews continued to test the air quality for any contamination.

One resident told 1010 WINS' Roger Stern she's just grateful nobody died. Others are frustrated they cannot get back inside their homes.

The FDNY was called in on Saturday to spray down the facades of the buildings along Fifth Avenue where the steam pipe erupted, and they believe firefighters were able to wash off any asbestos left behind.

Crews on the ground also assisted in gathering the water and filtering out any asbestos using fine mesh screens.

Con Edison had worked through the weekend to remove any large debris from the street and set up three separate help centers to assist those affected by the blast.

Before residents can be allowed back into their homes, the facades of the buildings, and the air inside, must be re-inspected and signed off on by the city’s Department of Environmental Protection.