West 58th Street was closed to traffic between Sixth and Eighth avenues, authorities said.
"I just felt tons of steam coming out. It was intense because you just didn't know what was going to happen next," said witness Saira Malhotra. "All of a sudden you just couldn't see down the street."
Streets Closed After Steam Pipe Bursts Near Central Park: FDNY
Streets were cordoned off by emergency responders after a steam pipe burst a block away from Central Park Monday and sent plumes of thick vapor into the midtown Manhattan sky, authorities said. (Published Monday, April 11, 2016)
A maintenance worker at a building nearby said he felt the structure shake around the time the smoke began to fill the air.
Photos from the scene show dozens of firefighters crowding around the otherwise busy street as steam pours from the ground and wafts up into the sky.