Main break in University City causes geyser, shoots rocks at car

Posted at 5:30 AM, Jul 17, 2017

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A broken main in the University City area sent water and debris nearly 50 feet into the air, damaging at least one car nearby.

City officials said a 42-inch-diameter transmission line ruptured for unknown reasons shortly after 10:30 p.m. Sunday in the 6300 block of Greenwich Drive.

The subsequent geyser sent a large amount of water into the air and onto the ground, but also tossed debris onto the roadway. The windshield of a Volvo parked nearby was damaged by a flying rock.

Crews slowly shut water off to the area as a way of preventing more potential main breaks and additional damage to water lines. Crews were initially concerned about shutting the water off because the line connects to numerous area residents.

Just after 5 a.m., crews completely turned the water off.

City officials told 10News businesses in the area would not be impacted by the shut-off because no meters are connected to the affected line.

The cause of the main break remains under investigation.