A steam pipe explosion near New York's Grand Central Terminal has killed one person. That's according to a hospital spokesman.
The blast generated a tower of steam and flying rubble. It also sent hundreds running for cover.
Officials have ruled out terrorism. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says there is no reason to believe that the blast was caused by anything but ``a failure of our infrastructure.''
Bloomberg says the pipe was installed in 1924 and burst,
possibly because it came into contact with cold water.
A police spokesman says at least 16 people were taken to a
hospital, including the person who died. Two of the injuries are
serious, the rest minor.
The explosion has disrupted some subway service in the area.