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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