Asbestos Exposure in Boston Following Pipe Break
In addition to a looming nor’easter and presidential candidate Mitt Romney's election night party, the city of Boston had to deal with dangerous asbestos exposure early on Wednesday morning following a downtown steam pipe break.
Shortly after 1 A.M. - about the same time that Romney was finishing his concession speech a few blocks away at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center - firefighters were called to the edge of Boston's North End following reports of an underground steam leak near a subway stop on Congress St at Hanover St. Firefighters eventually called hazardous materials cleanup crews in after determining that asbestos had been dislodged during the break and released into the air.
By the morning, one street still remained closed while the subway station and some other streets were reopened.
Asbestos exposure is a concern when steam pipe explosions occur because the insulation lining the pipes often contains asbestos. In cities where steam pipes may be older, there is a greater risk that higher amounts of asbestos may be present in the antiquated insulation.