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Open hydrants are blamed in main's break

A 6-inch water main ruptured beneath a Northeast Baltimore thoroughfare yesterday afternoon, and the city blamed the problem on people opening fire hydrants illegally.

The main, in the 3200 block of Belair Road, burst about 3 p.m. At least 10 homes in the 3000 block of Clifton Park Terrace lost water service, and both streets were shut for repairs.

Eight hydrants were open within a three-block radius, said Kurt Kocher, a Department of Public Works spokesman.

Nicole Fuller

Baltimore: Downtown

Window washer falls 8 stories to his death

A window washer fell eight stories to his death yesterday while working on a building in downtown Baltimore, a city Fire Department spokesman said. The worker - a man believed to be in his early to mid-20s whose name was being withheld - was washing windows shortly before noon on the eighth floor of a building at the southeast corner of Lombard and Gay streets when he fell to the pavement, said the spokesman, Chief Kevin Cartwright. The man was pronounced dead a short time later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, he said.

Richard Irwin

Harford County: Joppa

Two killed as car, motorcycle collide

Two Harford men died yesterday when a car and motorcycle collided on Mountain Road at a ramp leading to northbound Interstate 95 in Joppa, state police reported. The car was turning left from Mountain Road onto the ramp about 7 p.m. when it was struck by the speeding motorcycle, police said. The driver and motorcyclist - one from Joppatowne, the other from Havre de Grace - were pronounced dead at the scene. Their names were not divulged.

Richard Irwin

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