Kremlin burning? Not quite: Pipe leak creates stir in Moscow (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
В центре Москвы, у подножия Кремля, необычное задымление. Гигантские клубы пара парализовали движение транспорта... pic.twitter.com/mUwfEMXFAY— Пасютин Максим (@pasyutin) March 17, 2016
In reality, a hot water pipeline broke on Sofiyskaya Embankment right Thursday night with floods of boiling-hot water flushing the street and clouds of vapor hazing neighboring areas.
The clouds were actually so dense that the Kremlin could not be seen from the nearby Patriarch’s bridge, witnesses told Russian media.
The break caused huge traffic jams in the center of the Russian capital as it took place right during the rush hour.
Trolley bus falls into a pit— Joy Womack (@joywomack) March 17, 2016
by a pipe explosion pic.twitter.com/AXHYzRqaRc
In the meantime, the image of the Kremlin surrounded by what seemed to be clouds of heavy smoke illuminated by red flashes from fire or explosion provoked a wave of panic in social networks.
Emergency services arriving on the scene pic.twitter.com/ICoUZookoj— Joy Womack (@joywomack) March 17, 2016
“Kremlin is burning!” wrote one user in twitter commenting on the image showing dense clouds of vapor against the background of the Kremlin buildings.
Some twitter users assumed that a huge fire broke out in the center of Moscow with others claiming that the smoke was caused by explosion.
Exposition in the center of moscow pic.twitter.com/7d8qzN4LJa— Joy Womack (@joywomack) March 17, 2016
Later some users suggested that a tram line could be on fire or the incident may be caused by a trolleybus explosion.
Fire may have been caused by tram lines pic.twitter.com/uxcHIwDSIK— Joy Womack (@joywomack) March 17, 2016
The Kremlin itself did not appear affected by the break or its consequences. The incident did not disrupt the work of different services on the territory, one source told RIA Novosti.