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Broken water pipe forces evacuation of downtown L.A. criminal courts building

May 9, 2011 | 10:55 am

Dozens of felony court cases were transferred to a different downtown Los Angeles courthouse Monday when a broken pipe shut disrupted the water supply at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Courts Building.

The 10 a.m. incident took place amid construction and flooded the boiler room and exhibit unit, according to court officials. It was not immediately clear if the entire building would be closed for the day, although court officials said it was possible.

The exact cause of the broken pipe has not been identified but officials said there was a construction crew working in the area.

The incident was the second significant interruption of court business in recent days. On Friday, courtrooms were evacuated as part of a fire drill.

Felony arraignments were to be conducted at the downtown Central Arraignment Court on Bauchet Street, which is in the same building as the Men's Central Jail.

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