Ground Zero

Steam Pipe 2, originally uploaded by sidewalk_story.

The epicentre of the steam explosion that shook New York City last Thursday – taken by an office worker in an over-looking building. At first, it appeared much more serious than it actually was. New Yorkers were understandably reminded of 2001 – here’s what it looked like at the time on the New York skyline. Miraculously, the two people in this truck were able to escape (with injuries). One person died of cardiac arrest and 20 people were injured.

The pic’s author dropped me a note with an update on the people who were in this vehicle:

According to today’s New York Times, Gregory McCullough (21 yrs) is still in critical condition with burns to 90% of his body. His passenger, Judith Bailey (31) is in serious condition (I believe she had 3rd degree burns to 30% of her person).

In terms of background on the cause of the explosion, here’s excerpt from an entry on a New York Times blog:

A steam pipe installed in 1924 ruptured in a thunderous explosion shortly before 6 p.m. today, sending steam, water and debris shooting outward and sending clouds of smoke and dust billowing through Midtown Manhattan at the height of the evening rush. One person died of cardiac arrest, and more than 20 others were injured. The authorities ruled out any criminal activity, saying the explosion was apparently caused by a failure of antiquated infrastructure.

2 Responses to “Ground Zero”

  1. sidewalk_story Says:

    Hi,
    Thanks for blogging/crediting my photo.
    According to today’s New York Times, Gregory McCullough (21 yrs) is still in critical condition with burns to 90% of his body. His passenger, Judith Bailey (31) is in serious condition (I believe she had 3rd degree burns to 30% of her person).
    Sidewalk_story

  2. picturepost Says:

    Thanks for stopping by and the extra info – I have added it to the main post.

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