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Cambridge water main break repaired

Water gushed into the air after a water main break at Cambridge Street and 5th Street in Cambridge on Saturday morning.
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Water gushed into the air after a water main break at Cambridge Street and 5th Street in Cambridge on Saturday morning.

Water was restored to residents and businesses in a section of East Cambridge early Saturday evening, hours after a main break sent water shooting into the air and forced authorities to cut off service, officials said.

The Cambridge Water Department announced on Twitter shortly after 6 p.m. that crews had finished repairing the main and service had been restored.

The Cambridge Fire Department said on Twitter at 10:22 a.m. that the area was closed to traffic as crews worked to repair the break. Cambridge police, firefighters, and the Water Department responded to the scene.

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The break forced crews to turn off water for four or five businesses and about a dozen residential buildings in the area, said Sam Corda, the managing director of the Cambridge Water Department, when reached by phone late Saturday afternoon.

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About a square foot of pipe broke off, he said. Crews have not yet determined why that happened, but Corda said “it’s probably not the cold weather” that caused the break.

As for the impressive amount of water that shot into the air?

“It does happen,” Corda said, but only every two or three years. Most water main breaks cause more of a “bubbling out of the ground type of thing,” he said.

“That was a pretty good-sized main. I’m sure that’s why” so much water shot out, he added.

Jacob Carozza can be reached at jacob.carozza@globe.com.