Streets and homes in Melbourne, Australia have been flooded after a burst water main sent two million litres of water shooting into the air on Monday.
The spout was 250 feet (80m) high, the equivalent of a 13-storey building, causing a deluge in the Melbourne suburb of Glen Waverley.
A 9.5 stone metal cage that covered the pipe blew into the sky like a champagne cork, crashing down on a nearby house, while the cascading water also destroyed another house. The water spout lasted an hour, with 35,000 litres of water gushing every minute.
The water company said the pipe was 50-years-old, but was supposed to last for 100 years. The deluge was reportedly quelled by a single worker from the water company. A faulty air-ball valve was thought to have caused the pipe to rupture.