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Two trucks with mounted slow blowers, like this one, are on loan to Baltimore from Boston.
Two trucks with mounted slow blowers, like this one, are on loan to Baltimore from Boston. (Courtesy City of Boston)

Mike Roth spotted one of the two giant snow blowers Boston loaned to Baltimore as it cleared snow-covered lanes on Interstate 83 around 3 p.m. Monday as the Bolton Hill resident was on his way home from Whole Foods in Mount Washington.

Roth, a 31-year-old federal worker, said after living in Cleveland and parts of Michigan he has seen a lot of lot of heavy duty equipment for removing snow — he just didn't expect to see the monstrosity on I-83.

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"It's nice to see a city like Boston offering its resources to help Baltimore, especially after the winter they had up there last year," he wrote in a Twitter message.

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh deployed the truck-mounted snow blowers and nine public works employees to help with the snow removal from Sunday to Friday. The trucks, which Boston had specially made last summer, can clear 2,750 tons of snow per hour and shoot it up to 150 feet into accompanying dump trucks.

Walsh said Boston wanted to pay forward the favor that city received from other cities and states when it battled 10 feet of snow last winter.

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