Crews Digging Outside Nebraska Capitol Unleash Geyser

A construction crew triggered a geyser outside the Nebraska Capitol while digging to replace an old water main.

A Lincoln public works official said Tuesday that a city contractor accidentally struck an underground water-service connection that was hooked up to an old water main. The connection was under pressure, and unleashed a 40-foot-high torrent of water when it broke.

Steve Owen, the city's water distribution superintendent, says the accident caused no property damage.

Owen says the city is working to replace several water mains that are more than a century old. The water main at 14th Street and Lincoln Mall, where the break occurred, dates to 1901.

Owen says the spray of water was "a bit dramatic," but didn't disrupt anyone's water service. Owen says the project will continue.

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