A sewer line ruptured while repairing a sewing machine in Adelaide on Monday afternoon.
Emergency crews were called to the area of the St George Avenue and River Road in St George and the scene was closed until early Wednesday morning.
Crews found a sewage line in the machine, which has a broken concrete floor.
“It’s a pretty major issue, it was a bit of a shock when it happened,” a worker told ABC News.
“We didn’t know what to do or where to go.
We had to go down to the street and do a little bit of work.”
Emergency crews also discovered a small amount of wastewater in the area.
“The water was coming out of the hole, and we did some water testing,” a paramedic said.
“A couple of people were in the toilet when they heard it.
It’s quite frightening for the people who work on the line.”
Emergency workers said the damage to the line was estimated to be about $1,000.
The sewage line was repaired by contractors from the South Australian Waterworks and Power District.
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