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Statement From Con Edison

Con Edison is accepting bagged clothing from people who were in the immediate area of this morning’s steam pipe rupture at 5th Avenue and 21st Street in Manhattan, as tests showed asbestos was released.

Those who were in the immediate area should take a shower, bag their clothing and bring it to Con Edison personnel. The immediate area is 500 feet east or west of 5th Avenue on 20th and 21st streets and 100 feet north and south on 5th Ave.

Company personnel are at 19th Street and Broadway and at 22nd Street and Broadway until 9 p.m. to accept the clothing. They also have claim forms available for people to submit to receive compensation for their clothes. The claim forms are also available at

Con Edison personnel will also be in the Clinton School, 10 East 15th St., until 10 p.m. to provide claim forms.

In addition, anyone who was outside that area but who wants to exercise an abundance of caution should follow the same procedure.

Con Edison will provide more details as they become available.