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Statement from Con Edison Re: Midtown Steam Response

Con Edison is responding to a release of steam at East 52nd Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues in Manhattan. The company is coordinating with New York City Emergency Management and other agencies.

Con Edison crews shut down a portion of a steam main in response to the release.

Environmental testing for possible asbestos is being conducted in the affected area, which includes East 51st Street from 2nd Avenue to 3rd Avenue and East 52nd and East 53 Streets from 2nd Avenue to Park Avenue. NYCEM advises residents of the area to shelter in place and other members of the public to stay clear of the affected area for safety reasons.

The incident has resulted in the interruption of service to eight customers.