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Video shows water gushing from Philadelphia skyscraper

November 4, 2019 GMT
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In this image taken from video water gushes out from the side of One Liberty Place for an unknown reason, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. An onlooker who took the video Sunday morning said the water continued coming out of the Philadelphia skyscraper for about five minutes before coming to an abrupt halt. (WHYY'S BILLY PENN, @THEPHILLYBERNEDOODLE via AP)
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In this image taken from video water gushes out from the side of One Liberty Place for an unknown reason, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. An onlooker who took the video Sunday morning said the water continued coming out of the Philadelphia skyscraper for about five minutes before coming to an abrupt halt. (WHYY'S BILLY PENN, @THEPHILLYBERNEDOODLE via AP)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A fire department spokesperson says water seen gushing out from the side of a Philadelphia skyscraper over the weekend was the result of a fire system test.

Kathy Matheson tells the news website Billy Penn that because One Liberty Place was built in 1987, it lacks a modern drainage system to prevent the surge of water that shot out Sunday.

Matheson says the city’s newer buildings are equipped with drains to avoid such a problem.

The water poured out of the side of the building for about five minutes.