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Madison Square Garden shut in asbestos scare

The game between the New York Knicks and Orlando Magic was cancelled when debris began spewing out over the arena during overnight maintenance.

Officials at the venue brought in environmental safety consultants to investigate over fears the dust could contain asbestos, which can cause deadly lung condition asbestosis.

Air-monitoring stations set up in a seating area “triggered a slightly elevated reading,” according to Farrell Sklerov, a spokesman for the city’s Department of Environmental Protection, but he insists, “It’s much ado about nothing… There is no health risk.”

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Madison Square Garden bosses have vowed to keep the venue closed until they are completely sure it is safe, according to the New York Post.

A statement reads, “As the safety of our customers and employees are our top priority, we will not reopen the Garden until we are absolutely assured the arena is safe.”

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