Michael Calhoun

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  It’s not quite the “all-clear”, but St. Louis city officials say there doesn’t appear to be much reason to worry after Thursday’s steam pipe rupture in downtown St. Louis.

Health director Pamela Walker says the asbestos that was wrapped around the pipe doesn’t appear to be airborne, but final testing is underway just to make sure.

She says asbestos was the go-to insulation material in the 1920’s and 30’s.

“Not only for these old steam pipes, but for many of our homes back in the day,” Walker explains. “So that’s what they’re all wrapped in.”

As a guest on KMOX’s Total Information AM over the weekend, Walker said considering how long the pipes have lasted thus far, it’s not likely that the city will see a sudden epidemic of bursts now.


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