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Tugboat ruptures sewer in Florida's Biscayne Bay

MIAMI (AP) — Raw sewage spewed 4 feet into the air and swimming was banned after a tugboat ruptured a pipe and unleashed millions of gallons of waste into Biscayne Bay.

The 72-inch sewage pipe buried beneath the bay was hit Thursday evening by a tug pushing a barge from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Port of Miami, the Coast Guard said.

Eleven to 12 million gallons of untreated sewage spilled out over the next four hours, at times spewing 4 feet high out of the bay, officials said.