WATER MAINS BURST BY BLASTING.
On the afternoon of February 17 a very heavy blast caused the bursting of three of the big fortyeight-inch water mains at One Hundred and Twenty-eighth street and Convent avenue, Manhattan, New York. The flood that followed rushed out under heavy pressure in every direction, sweeping everything before it. One stream poured down Convent avenue to Morningside avenue; another, westward in Manhattan street; a third down One Hundred and Twenty-eighth street. At Amsterdam avenue and Manhattan street a deep lake was formed, filling the car tracks, short-circuiting the channel rail and temporarily tying up the surface road traffic. Cellars were flooded; flagstones were torn up in Convent avenue for two blocks; and the water rose even to the top floors of several houses. One horse was drowned in its stable, and thousands of gallons of beer were destroyed in the cellar of the Berheimer & Schwarz brewery. On this occasion there was a great improvement in the work of the water department. Within half an hour the water was turned off and an assistant engineer was on the ground. The supply w’as turned off at High Bridge, and the work of repairing the break was set about at once. The damage will run high up into the thousands of dollars.