Thursday, April 27, 2006

Old Pueblo Oddities

Earlier this week, the city experienced an extra dose of the weird. It all started midday on Tuesday when one of my coworkers came into the office and announced that a tanker truck had blown up somewhere near Congressman Grijalva's office. Of course, that freaked me out given the heightened sense of alert we're commonly fed.

Turns out, it wasn't a tanker truck at all, but rather a large fire at a roofing company in the area of the Conressman's office. Here's the kicker: it was started by a dust devil. Apparently the force of the wind blew some of the roofing materials into power lines and ignited a spark.

That's weird enough on it's own, but within minutes of the fire, two water mains busted clear across town in a busy intersection and caused a 50 foot sinkhole. It has now been discovered that the two events were directly related. How? The water company increased the pressure in the water lines to help fight the fire which caused the break in the lines and water to bubble up in the middle of the street.

At first they told us that it would take weeks to fix (I have to drive through the intersection to get to work everyday), but now they are saying it should only be a few days.

Why am I telling you all this? It's simple. I haven't had my coffee yet :)

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