Water main break near school turns into class lesson


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Reported by: Andrew Carter
Updated: 1/18 5:18 pm Published: 1/18 5:12 pm


A blast of water shooting straight up in the air was a sight to see for some people in north Tulsa.

FOX23 first told you about this broken water main near Latimer and Vandalia on FOX23 News at 5.

Since then, we received new video from a neighbor that we've attached to this web story.

FOX23 is told, early Friday students at Owen Elementary School were amazed by the water break. 

However we learned it wasn't just a sight to see.

FOX23 spoke with neighboring residents, "It was a huge fountain, and like you said it was a geyser," said one north Tulsa resident. 

While it was far from a geyser, this break, which had to be replaced with 10 feet of pipe, brought classroom work to life for Patricia Braswell's 4th grade class.

"They were completely taken back, and compared it to geysers and volcanoes and things shooting up, so it was an experience for them to related to social studies," said Braswell.

While this lesson plan dropped from the sky, don't think it was just the kids who got a kick out of it.

"I actually passed my house and drove around the corner so I could get the whole experience," said one neighboring resident.

The experience took the Tulsa Water Department about five hours to fix, luckily with little damage to the neighborhood.

"Street was just flooded, actually back all the way to Yale," said another north Tulsa resident.

Thankfully for the residents affected by this break, the water has been back on since about 6 p.m. Friday.


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