A water fountain to ‘rival the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas’ sprung up in a rural village last night, after a water main burst.
More than 100 shocked residents of Charing crowded the High Street throughout the late evening yesterday after the rupture, which happened at around 9pm.
What started as a 20ft high water spout, described as having the strength of a firefighter’s hose, soon became a raging torrent - thought to be around 50ft high.
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Water gushes from the street after the explosion at Charing. Picture: Charing Post Office https://www.facebook.com/CharingPostOffice
Rubble was sent flying and a crater was left in the surface of the road following the incident.
It would take over three hours before the leak would be stopped altogether.
High Street resident Simon Clubley, 49, said: “The water spurt started in the middle of the road, and just got bigger and bigger.
“We didn’t hear any bang, but there was a lot of noise from the water.
“It was like a rocket going up in the sky, and within minutes it was reaching at least 50ft.
The scene of the explosion in Charing
The huge hole left after the water mains exploded
Workmen clear up after the mains burst
The Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas - with its famous fountains
“It was really spectacular, more impressive than the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas.
“This was not just a leak, it was phenomenal. There was tarmac raining down all over the road, as well as flint from below.