Watch as water gushes from ‘earthquake’ explosion that blew up street

A road in Halifax was so badly damaged that residents thought there had been an earthquake.

Old Lane in Boothtown was badly damaged on Friday, causing long cracks and buckles in the road surface.

Water was seen pouring out of the cracks and cascading down the road.

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Posting the footage to Facebook, Marvin Midgley said: “Avoid Old Lane near Boothtown been some sort of earthquake.”

However, commentors on Facebook were quick to point out that it was likely caused by a burst water main or a landslip.

A spokesperson for Yorkshire Live said: “One of our water pipes burst on Old Lane in Boothtown and has caused considerable damage to the tarmac on the road.

“We’ve closed the road to traffic and there’s a diversion route in place. As the pipe is on a bridge, we’re waiting for a structural engineer to assess the damage and the impact it has had on the bridge before we start our repairs.

“We’re sorry about any disruption this has caused, we’re working hard to get the damaged assessed as soon as possible so we can get it repaired and back open.

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YorkshireLive – Halifax