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Broken Water Main Douses Detroit Car Show-Goers With Cold Shower

  • Inauspicious start to year when major carmakers didn’t show
  • Echoed Flint crisis, but officials say no major health issues
Preparations For The 2019 North American International Auto Show
Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
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Early participants of the Detroit auto show got their day started with a cold shower.

A 42-inch main line burst at about 11 p.m. Saturday, impacting water service to downtown Detroit just as the city began to host its annual car extravaganza. The high-profile event had already taken a blow when several major carmakers skipped the event this year. Then a wide swath of downtown lost water -- or experienced low pressure -- after the water main broke.