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Burst steam pipe kills 1 in New York

NEW YORK - An underground steam pipe explosion tore through a Manhattan street near Grand Central Terminal on Wednesday, swallowing a tow truck and killing one person as hundreds of others ran for cover amid a towering geyser of steam and flying rubble.

New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said the explosion was not terrorism.

'There is no reason to believe whatsoever that this is anything other than a failure of our infrastructure,' Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a news conference at the scene of the blast.

Sixteen people were taken to Bellevue Hospital, including the person who died, said spokesman Stephen Bohlen. He said two seriously injured patients were being treated in the hospital's trauma unit. The remainder suffered minor injuries, he said.

Two people were in critical condition at New York Weill-Cornell Medical Center, said spokeswoman Emily Berlanstein.