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St. Louis street closed after pipeline rupture released asbestos into the air

A street in downtown St. Louis will be closed all week after a pipe burst last week and the rupture blew a hole in the asphalt that released asbestos insulation fibers into the air.

One area of 11th Street has already opened and after test results on contamination levels are returned, Lucas Avenue will be reopened after that. Officials with the company who manages the pipe have stated that fixing it may take anywhere from a week to 10 days.

Cleaning the area has not been an easy process. Tests that were done on Monday still showed signs of asbestos contamination. The Easter holiday also slowed down the process as crews now work to clean streets, balconies, buildings, and roofs. It is still unknown at this time what caused the pipe to rupture.

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