Ruptured water line unearths bones in Downtown Charleston

Credit: WCBD/ Lesa Smalls

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — A main water line near the corner of  Rutledge Ave. and Beaufain St. ruptured Wednesday afternoon.

The break caused the roadway to collapse and resulted in water being turned off for 20 houses in the area.

Charleston Police Department says the water unearthed bones. According to the Charleston County Coroner’s office, the bones were not human.

We’re told an anthropologist examined the bones Thursday.


Charleston Water System says the break occurred in a 12-inch water pipe which is a commonly found pipe in Downtown Charleston. They say it was most likely caused by  the age of the pipe.

Water was restored at 9:30 Wednesday night.


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