Water main break cancels Boston shows

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November 17, 2013, 6:33 pm
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UPDATE 11/18: The main has since been repaired.

(NECN: Brendan Monahan, Boston) - The ruptured eight-inch water main buckled pavement and sent water pouring from every cracking corner of Boston's Warrenton Street.

"It was quite a large break," said Boston Fire Department District Chief Dennis Keeley. "It affected the low pressure and the high pressure service to this block."

That meant shows suddenly couldn't go on for a handful of popular theaters.

Nancy Logan and her family bought tickets a month ago to see the Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse.

"We just got here, and it's cancelled," she said. "Kind of upset. Cause now we have nothing else to do."

Guests at two local hotels faced the same issues. Health officials said they could not stay until the break was fixed.

"The life safety systems are up and running, the fire alarm systems and the sprinkler systems are functioning as required," said Keeley. "It's now a domestic quarter issue."

While hotels work to make other arrangements for hundreds of visitors, those locked out of local theaters say the inconvenience is just part of life.

"We took off the day for work and then it's hard to reschedule," said performer Gabby Melendez. "But, I mean, stuff happens. What can you do?"

Tags: Boston, massachusetts, Boston Fire Department, Blue Man Group, Charles Playhouse, Brendan Monahan, Dennis Keeley, Nancy Logan, Gabby Melendez
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