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Originally posted by quakewatcher
This pipe was only 7 years old, it will be a while before we find out why it failed but my money is on the lowest bidder doing a substandard job with substandard materials.
Store Shelves Stripped, Some Fight For Water
The run on bottled water caused near panic at some stores throughout the Boston area Saturday night.
At the BJ's in Revere, the crowd got so big and the rush for water so intense that police were called in. In order to maintain control, of an unruly crowd the store was shut down for the night.
Shortly after residents in Boston received an emergency call warning them of the water crisis, supermarket aisles stocked with water were quickly wiped out.
"They are fighting over it, literally fighting over water," said a customer at the Roche Bros. in West Roxbury. "I just had to fight my way through the aisles cause it's crazy in there."
"Not since Blizzard of '78 have I seen something like this," said the store manager. New shipments that arrived were gone within seconds.
Restaurants in Lexington shut down Saturday night when they were unable to wash dishes or serve customers clean water.
In Newton, stores were flooded with residents buying bottled water, WickedLocal/Newton reported.
The shelves of the Walgreens in Newton Centre were flushed clean within half an hour of Mayor Setti Warren announcing the order for the city, said store clerk Natali Tene.
In Quincy, at Roche Bros. on Quincy Avenue, shoppers began streaming into the supermarket after the 6 p.m. news and while bottled water remained on the shelves into the early evening, it was selling fast, Manager Matt Mahoney said. "I'm too busy to talk more right now," he told the Patriot Ledger.
"They are scooping up the bottled water, as well as the beer and wine," he said. "We have some stock up on frozen meals so they wouldn't have to cook."
An Auburndale Star Market ran out of water and requested an emergency shipment. In Coolidge Corner in Brookline, long lines formed at Trader Joe’s, CVS, and Walgreens for any kind of bottled water, including sparkling and pricey designer bottles, the Boston Globe reported