127-Year-Old Pipe Bursts Under Times Square, Ruins NYC Morning Commute

Screenshot: CBS News
Screenshot: CBS News

A 127-year-old water main running under Times Square burst on Tuesday morning. As you may have guessed, this is a bad thing that ended up flooding streets in Midtown, Manhattan and doused the city’s busiest subway station right in time for the morning commute. According to ABC News, the 20-inch pipe gave way under 40th Street and Seventh Avenue right around 3 a.m.

The water may have only been a few inches deep on the street, but social media video shows water rushing into the Times Square subway station down stairwells and through ventilation grates. ABC News described the subway tracks as “mini rivers.”

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Screenshot: CBS News
Screenshot: CBS News

Commuters told a CBS News reporter that the incident sounded like an “explosion.”

“All of a sudden, debris started coming down. We thought it was an explosion, but it was water. Everybody started running. It started to flood the tracks, they had to call the cops. Everybody ran out of the subway,” John Baldey, a commuter, told CBS News. “We didn’t know what happened, we thought it was a collapse, I guess, all the water.”

As hard as it may be to believe, the situation could have been even worse. The outlet reports that a 48-inch pipe next to the bust one remained intact.

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