Powerful geyser forms on Boston Common

BOSTON (WHDH) — Water could be seen shooting high into the air Monday morning after a pipe burst on Boston Common and created a powerful geyser that soaked the area.

Videos from the scene showed a forceful stream of water blasting out of control for about an hour. Officials say it was caused by a water main break during routine maintenance.

Officials say a contractor found a leak in an area on the Common across from Loews Theater, which later turned into a major break around 9:30 a.m.

Witnesses described the geyser as an “absurd” sight. The pipe was shut off around 10:30 a.m., but many people walking in the area got soaked.

The break did not have an impact on the water supply to buildings and residences in the area. It has since been repaired.

“It was spectacular. I thought it was Yellowstone Park,” a witness told 7News.

The disruption did not impact MBTA service or underground parking at the Common.

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