Transit Steam pipe explosion traffic guide: Flatiron District road closures The pipe blast created a massive crater on Fifth Avenue. A steam pipe explosion on Fifth Avenue in the Flatiron District is causing a traffic nightmare in the neighborhood. Photo Credit: Drew Angerer / Getty Images By Lauren Cook firstname.lastname@example.org Updated July 23, 2018 6:48 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email The steam pipe explosion in the Flatiron District Thursday morning created a giant crater on Fifth Avenue, and the ensuing emergency response shut down several surrounding streets. Over the weekend, several streets began to open up to pedestrians and cars. Here's the latest transit information, provided by the city's Office of Emergency Management: 18th, 19th, and 22nd streets are now open Fifth Avenue between 20th and 21st street remains closed to all pedestrian and vehicular traffic – with the exception of MTA buses Buses are bypassing all stops between 18th and 23rd streets along Fifth Avenue By Lauren Cook email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Steam pipe blast has merchants scrambling for answersMerchants can try to recoup lost revenue by filing for reimbursement from Con Edison. Debris from steam pipe explosion has asbestos in it: MayorAnyone who was exposed to the debris was asked to turn in their clothing. Health risks related to asbestos exposureAnyone who was covered in material from the blast should shower, Con Ed said. Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.