NEW YORK (PIX11) - Firefighters evacuated the Museum of Natural History after a smoke condition inside the building Friday.
The condition is believed to have started on the first floor of the museum, which is located at 200 Central Park West.
Employees and approximately 3,000 to 4,000 vistors were rushed out of the building.
The FDNY brought the situation under control just after 3:30 p.m.
The condition was started by construction workers working on an air-conditioning unit outside the building, according to the FDNY.
The museum states that there was never a fire inside the building, despite earlier reports, but two sprinklers did deploy in a contained area of the hall as a result of the smoke.
The smoke condition at the building has since been contained, but evening programs at the museum were cancelled.
There was also a problem turning off the sprinklers, and there is a possibility of water damage inside the museum.
No injuries were reported and the museum will be opened at normal time Saturday.