Water main break shatters car windows, shuts down Midway Oval in Groton

Early photo of a water main in Groton on July 18, 2014. (Credit: David Blair of Groton)

GROTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Midway Ova in Groton was shut early down Friday morning after an 8-inch water pipe broke, leaving about 45 customers without water.

“It was impressive and scary at the same time,” said Groton native David Blair.

Blair took video of the break, which happened just after 2 a.m. Friday. He was woken up by a police officer checking to see if he and his wife were okay.

They were fine, but their cars took a beating, and so did a nearby Ford Explorer, which lost its rear window. Debris went flying, as well as chunks of asphalt and rocks.

“It was amazing. I walked out of the house and it sounded like I was standing next to a waterfall. Water was shooting up in the air about 50 feet,” Blair said.

The cause of the chaos was what appeared to be a hole in an eight inch water main dating back decades. Crews from Groton Public Utilities had to shut off the water to more than forty homes to repair the pipe. “They were really quick, I was really impressed with these guys,” Blair said.

The clean up though, had just begun for Blair and his neighbor, who now have glass- filled cars.

“You here of water main’s breaking but you never expect it to happen in your own neighborhood especially like this,” Blair said.

Water was restored to many of these homes as early as 6 a.m. Friday.


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