Video Credit: AsiaWire
This video shows a burst pipe sending a column of steaming hot water shooting into the sky like a giant geyser.
Residents in the city of Tieling, in north-eastern China’s Liaoning Province, captured the fountain-like scenes appearing on Nanma Road on 5th December.
It was reportedly the seventh time the hot water main – used to provide residents with central heating for their homes – burst in the two weeks since the city turned it on.
As daytime time temperatures hover around 1 degree Celsius, and mercury plunging to minus 13 below at night, residents had been hoping to rely on the seasonal heating supply.
However, footage shows the water used to heat their homes bursting out from underneath the thoroughfare instead, creating a massive geyser measuring several dozen feet tall.
Witnesses said the freezing cold solidified the water into ice as soon as it was exposed to the air, creating slippery roads to drive on.
The first water main burst of the season was recorded on 27th November, and since then there have been six more incidents.
All pipe malfunctions are thought to be the result of ageing equipment which has been poorly maintained over the years.
Officials are reportedly still mending heating supply pipes across the city.
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