Busted pipes create ‘Mother of all Icicles’ in downtown Chicago

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CHICAGO — Part of a busy street remains closed after water from a busted pipe froze to encase a fire escape on a high-rise building downtown.

Police closed a section of South Wabash near Harrison around 5 p.m. Saturday after a pipe burst in a storage building, freezing as it flowed out of a window on an upper floor. Images show the aftermath: giant icicles are hanging from a wrought-iron fire escape that is roughly 20 stories tall.

(Image: Ruben Martinez‎)

Officials from Chicago’s Buildings Department were working with the property managers of the building to eliminate the ice, with workers hoping to chip it away before rush hour Monday morning.


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