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Gushing Water Main In Potomac Creates Impromptu Block Party

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Tariq Abueohawa used the water mane break to cool off after a scorching summer day.
David Schultz
Tariq Abueohawa used the water mane break to cool off after a scorching summer day.

By David Schultz

People in Rockville, Maryland are being told not to use water outdoors, and to limit how much they use indoors, following a water main break yesterday evening that shot water high into the air above the intersection of South Glen Road and Deep Glen Drive. While crews tried to determine the cause of the break, the geyser it created gave people nearby some unexpected relief from the heat.

"Yeah, it's a little bit of a neighborhood event," says Ken Gear. "Someone needs to roast some hot dogs and some cold beer and we'll have a party, a block party."

Gear says he spoke to his neighbor tonight for the first time since this winter's snowstorms.

"There are not a lot of little kids here, so it's not the most interactive neighborhood. So it takes events like this to kind of bring people out in the streets," he says.

When the water eventually comes back down to earth, it's draining into a ditch on the side of the road, creating a fast-moving stream.

For Tariq Abueohawa and his friends, this is too good to be true.

"We're having a great time right now on this massive water slide," says Abueohawa. "With our fresh boogie boards."

And with that, Tariq and his friends launch their boards and themselves, in this impromptu summer water park.


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