Asbestos found on Holiday Inn near site of last week's steam pipe … – Baltimore Sun

Asbestos has been found on the Holiday Inn building in downtown Baltimore, near the site of last Tuesday’s steam pipe explosion, a spokesman with the Maryland Department of the Environment said Wednesday.

The department recommended workers “erect a scaffolding and shroud to remediate that,” said spokesman Jay Apperson. Holiday Inn management was not immediately available to comment.

The explosion, which rocked Eutaw Street between Pratt and Lombard streets, injured five people and sent debris through the air just before the start of an Orioles game. Initial environmental testing of the area showed low levels of asbestos.

The substance, which is known to cause cancer if inhaled, was once used to insulate pipes.

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