By Tim Jimenez

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A water main break in Northeast Philadelphia left dozens of homes and businesses without service Tuesday night.

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It happened around 5:30 p.m. at Lardner and Farnsworth Streets in Mayfair. Water department spokesman John DiGiulio said a fire hydrant was being opened illegally when a six-inch water main burst. Crews arrived and DiGiulio said 60 properties lost service.

“It is important the citizens in the City understand that illegally opening a fire hydrant can cause water main breaks just like this one,” he said.

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Service is expected to be restored at some point Tuesday night. DiGiulio said there does not appear to be any damage to any of the properties.

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