Burst water pipe creates accidental 20ft ice sculpture
We’ve seen plenty of beautiful snow photos this week – but have you seen a frozen ice geyser yet?
That’s what happened when a mains pipe burst in west Wales, sending a 20ft jet of water into the air.
It was so cold that the whole thing froze, creating a delicate ice shape flowing with icicles.
Some of the water landed on tree branches, creating more icicles hanging from those.
Hannah Mitchell spotted the sculpture while walking in a field around Cwm Soden, Ceredigion, on Wednesday.
A water pipe that fed into a cattle trough had burst, causing the jets.
‘It was amazing,’ Hannah, 45, said. ‘It was spraying up about 20-odd feet into the air. It was pretty spectacular.
‘It’s one of those things where you are walking along and you look into the hedge and you see this amazing sight.’
She added that the leak had now been dealt with.
Hannah works as a conservation officer for Natural Resources Wales and was visiting the area to monitor the native population of pearl-bordered fritillary butterflies.
She said the temperatures in the area at the time were around -4°C.