News Briefs: Rapid Freeze-Thaw Cycle Breaks Pipes in Midwest

Also, watch a video of a boy dropping fireworks into a sewer and causing a huge explosion, narrowly escaping injury

Rapid thawing after a deep freeze in the Midwest has some utilities working around the clock to fix cracking water pipes.

Bloomfield, Michigan-based Drymedic Water Restoration Services reports that employees have been extremely busy. “The phones have not stopped ringing and we have over 40 trucks on the road right now,” the company’s co-owner tells The Voice. “The majority of calls are for frozen pipes bursting in homes and frozen suppression lines in commercial buildings.”

Meanwhile, the recent cold weather in Madison, Wisconsin, caused at least 23 water main breaks as of Feb. 1.

Video: Boy Causes Explosion by Dropping Fireworks Down Manhole

A Chinese boy from Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia, is lucky to be alive after dropping fireworks down a manhole and causing a large explosion that tore up a sidewalk.

It’s not the first time we’ve seen videos like this at, but it’s rare to see such a high-quality video of this type of incident. Huffington Post published the one-minute video here, which shows the explosion from multiple angles.

Thankfully, no one was injured. A few cars were damaged by debris, though.

EPA Won't Limit PFOS, PFAS in Nation's Drinking Water, Reports Politico

According to an exclusive report by Politico, the federal Environmental Protection Agency will not regulate perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) levels in the nation’s drinking water.

The chemicals have been used for decades in nonstick pans and military-grade firefighting foam and have contaminated some American’s water sources. The chemicals are present in the bloodstreams of 98 percent of Americans, according to Politico.

The EPA’s decision not to limit the chemicals comes less than a year after the Trump administration and EPA faced backlash for trying to bury a federal health study that a White House aide said could cause a “public relations nightmare.”


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