Fifteen ton "fatberg" flushed from London sewer drain
A massive blob of congealed food fat and wet wipes, known by Thames Water as a "fatberg", had to be removed the sewer pipes below the London suburb of Kingston, CBS News reports.
The 15 ton mass, which is thought to be a British record, was blasted out by a team of workers equipped with high-powered water jets.
"The sewer was almost completely clogged with over 15 tons of fat," Thames Water waste contracts supervisor Gordon Hailwood said in a statement. "If we hadn't discovered it in time, raw sewage could have started spurting out of manholes across the whole of Kingston."