VIDEO: 20ft geyser soaks Blackburn street

SCENE PICTURE: Sent in by LT reader Rick Humphreys

SCENE PICTURE: Sent in by LT reader Rick Humphreys

First published in Blackburn Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Local government reporter

SHOPPERS on King Street, Blackburn, were surprised this morning when a 20 foot geyser erupted from road works in the pavement.

The gusher – the second to burst out in the town in less than a month – came as workmen searching for gas leak disturbed a water main outside the former Tile Shop.

Owner of the flooded premises Mohammed Amjid said: “It was a bit of a shock. It shot up more than 20 feet into the air above the buildings. It took them an hour to sort it out and it has done a lot of damage.

“I was hoping to open a furniture shop in two weeks time. I am going to have to delay opening while the damage is sorted out.”

Monika Papierak, manager of the nearby Al-Ameera Polish store said: “It was spectacular. I watched in on the CCTV camera. It not what you expect to happen on a Monday morning.”

On October 26th 50 Blackburn homes were left without water as engineers battled for more than three hours to tackle a 40 foot geyser from a damaged water main in Pinewood in Feniscowles.

A spokeswoman for National Grid said: “We had been working to locate a gas leak since Thursday and located it this morning. We were working to clear earth from the gas main and uncovered a water main part of which dislodged and the water blew out. We did not touch the water main. That should not have happened.”

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3:00pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Info-warrior says...

The worry for the community over this job is the extremely trong smell of gas that has been pouring out of this property for the past several days.
The worry for the community over this job is the extremely trong smell of gas that has been pouring out of this property for the past several days. Info-warrior
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3:39pm Mon 19 Nov 12

gazza1980 says...

They'll be a few down there taking a much needed shower in that!
They'll be a few down there taking a much needed shower in that! gazza1980
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8:03pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Info-warrior says...

gazza1980 wrote:
They'll be a few down there taking a much needed shower in that!
Yeh..And lets face facts who's going to get wet in this part of town prostitutes drug dealers alcoholics and a whole load of cops and robbers. I heard that some refugees from Somalia asked to go back home after being offered a flat in this area.
[quote][p][bold]gazza1980[/bold] wrote: They'll be a few down there taking a much needed shower in that![/p][/quote]Yeh..And lets face facts who's going to get wet in this part of town prostitutes drug dealers alcoholics and a whole load of cops and robbers. I heard that some refugees from Somalia asked to go back home after being offered a flat in this area. Info-warrior
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8:14pm Mon 19 Nov 12

liddle 'un says...

Had to laugh at the gobbledegook "not me guv" explanation from National Grid:

"We were working to clear earth from the gas main and uncovered a water main part of which dislodged and the water blew out. We did not touch the water main. That should not have happened.”
Had to laugh at the gobbledegook "not me guv" explanation from National Grid: "We were working to clear earth from the gas main and uncovered a water main part of which dislodged and the water blew out. We did not touch the water main. That should not have happened.” liddle 'un
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10:49pm Mon 19 Nov 12

mikebuk says...

'It's not something you expect to happen on a Monday morning'. Thursday yes, but Monday, never.
'It's not something you expect to happen on a Monday morning'. Thursday yes, but Monday, never. mikebuk
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11:40pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Major Tom says...

The Lynx effect.
The Lynx effect. Major Tom
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3:56pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Davelyn says...

Splash it on all over
Splash it on all over Davelyn
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