Broken Steam Pipe Sends Huge Plume Over St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A broken pipe is blamed for a massive plume of steam in downtown St. Louis.

The 20-inch steam pipe broke beneath North 11th Street, near the America’s Center convention center, around 6:45 a.m. Thursday. No injuries were reported, but steam could be seen from miles away and the street buckled near the site.

Fire officials say 11th Street could be shut down for up to two weeks while workers make repairs.

The cause of the rupture remains under investigation.

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  • Ed Golterman

    Downtown’s infrastructure east of Tucker is ‘gone’. ‘Can’ the spending of
    $500+ million on Arch 2015, use what little money is left to repair the streets, what is under the streets and over the streets. You might have some money to make the needed repairs on the Arch itself-which no one talks about. Having to close th Arch after spending $500 million to make it easier to get there would not be good.

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