'Thick unknown substance' fills street in Brooklyn

'Thick unknown substance' fills street in Brooklyn

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NEW YORK (AP) -

On a hot summer day, Brooklyn residents faced what could have come out of a science fiction movie: "a large amount of a thick unknown substance arising from the street."

That is what the Fire Department of New York announced Tuesday afternoon on its Twitter account.

It turned out to be far less mysterious.  

Firefighters responded and discovered the problem involved a broken water service line to a private home in Brooklyn's Greenwood Heights neighborhood, according to city Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Mercedes Padilla.

Underground erosion caused an electrical cable to burst, releasing a sticky, stinky coolant that seeped up to the street.

The mess was cleaned up within hours. No one was injured.

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