Smoke from the steering column on 1997 Acura RL

When I started my car the check engine light was blinking then went away. After going only about a block, it smelled like something was burning. Then smoke started coming from the base of the steering column. What does this mean and what can I do to fix it.

Asked by for the 1997 Acura RL
Hopefully you have had this looked at already if not disconnect the battery and leave it disconnected and have the car towed to a repair shop. I am anxious to hear what the cause of the "smoke" was. I work on a lot of Acuras and have not seen this problem. Acura wiring is very reliable, only problems I see are aftermarket alarms and stereo related wiring.