Huge crater in SF created by a 74-year-old pipe explosion

A large sinkhole opened near Fillmore and Greene streets in San Francisco on Monday morning after a water main break, blocking traffic and Muni lines and inundating nearby residences with a rush of water.

The 16-inch-diameter water main burst near Union and Fillmore streets shortly before midnight Sunday, according to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Crews “worked throughout the night to stabilize the situation,” the agency said in a statement.

The SFPUC said the broken water main was installed in 1949.

Photos posted on the Citizen social media app showed the hole located at the intersection of Fillmore and Greene Streets.

The SFPUC said nearby customers were experiencing interruptions in water service. However, no fire hydrants were affected.

Michelle Ong, manager of Union Street Coffee Roastery — a business on the corner of Fillmore and Union streets — said she and other employees at the cafe arrived at work Monday morning to find puddles of water everywhere. She added that they had spent the morning mopping the water and sand and were still working.

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