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Rust caused huge hot-water leak in Lund

Published tisdag 10 februari 2015 kl 15.33
Photo: Anna Bubenko/Sveriges Radio
Photo: Anna Bubenko/Sveriges Radio

Rust caused the huge hot water leak in central Lund Friday night, leading to one death and seven people getting injured in road accidents, officials say.

An initial investigation shows that rust had attacked and weakened the pipe carrying the scalding hot water from the central warm-water boiler in the city. It burst, meaning 10,000 cubic metres of hot water could escape, causing clouds of steam to reduce visibility in the area. The death and injuries were cause by a bus crashing in the chaos.

Swedish Radio News in Malmö reports the pipe was due to be replaced sometime this year. It had last been checked in 2012, with no issues reported.

Hot water in many cities in Sweden is provided by district heating schemes, with waste-to-energy plants heating the water which is then piped to residences and businesses.

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