A steam pipe blast that injured dozens of people in downtown Manhattan spewed debris that contained asbestos particles, according to New York City’s Department of Emergency Management. The department says they found asbestos in six of ten samples taken.
"People who may (have come) into contact with the steam or debris should take a shower and place their clothes in plastic bags for cleaning or disposal," the statement said.
The blast resulted in dozens of injuries, and at least one death.
Asbestos is a very dangerous material that can cause a form of cancer called mesothelioma.
Most people who develop mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they inhaled asbestos particles, or have been exposed to asbestos dust by handling clothes of those who work in such an environment. Home renovation and demolition may also expose people to asbestos dust.