Underground Explosion Archives

Underground Steam Pipe Explosion in Manhattan Has Engineers Worried

An underground steam pipe that exploded last year in the Flatiron district of Manhattan sent hot steam and debris into the air. Thankfully nobody was injured. However, that explosion resembles one that occurred nearly 12 years ago in which one person was killed and several more were severely injured. The exact cause of this particular underground utility pipe explosion in Manhattan is still determined but some experts have suggested the cause of the two separate explosions could be the same. The phenomenon is called a "water hammer" and occurs when cool water comes into contact with hot pipes carrying live steam. The temperature differential causes the steam pipes to fail and an explosion results.

Underground Explosion in New York City Causes Thousands of Dollars' Worth of Damage

An underground explosion in New York City earlier this month left over a hundred residents without power and one man without a car. Thankfully, there were no injuries as a result of this terrifying explosion but only luck kept innocent victims out of harm's way.

Street Collapses After Gas Leak and Underground Explosion

A terrifying jobsite underground explosion in Queens sent people fleeing for their lives as a massive gas leak caused an underground explosion that ended with a 40-foot wide portion of the abutting street collapsing into a sinkhole and a massive pipe bursting which sent thousands of gallons of high-pressure water spewing out of the hole. Investigators on the scene of this latest construction related underground explosion in New York City suspect that a leak in a Con Ed pipe could have led to a dangerous build-up of gas in an underground pocket simply waiting for a spark to set it ablaze. 

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