A recent pipe explosion in New York City sprayed asbestos onto the street, surrounding buildings and lingering in the air. In Washington state, an asbestos removal company was fined hundreds of thousands of dollars for exposing workers and the public to asbestos dust. In New Orleans, parents confronted charter school administrators for potentially exposing their children to asbestos during an improper removal. This all happened within the last month.
On July 19, a steam pipe on Fifth Avenue between 19th and 22nd Street exploded. While no one was seriously injured in the explosion, the broken steam pipe did release a significant amount of asbestos into the air and covered surrounding buildings.