07/02/2013 12:17 pm ET

Tokyo Sidewalk Flooded With Soap After Employee Inadvertently Dumps 40 Liters Of It Down Drain (VIDEOS)

The lesson here is be careful what you pour down the drain.

One person in Japan learned that the hard way when the employee reportedly dumped about 40 liters of liquid soap down the pipes, according to The Asahi Shimbun. Within a few hours, the sidewalk outside a Sumitomo Realty & Development Co. building in Tokyo was flooded with soap bubbles.

Passersby captured footage of the bubbly scene, which looked more like the aftermath of a snowstorm.

According to local reports, the soap began pouring out of the ground floor of the building in Shiodome from a nearby drain pipe the evening of June 28. Police, firefighters and maintenance crews were called to clean up the frothy mess, which officials assured did not pose any harm to the public.

As Rocket News notes, this is not the first time a white, frothy substance has oozed into the streets.

In May, Sino Weibo users widely shared photos of a marshmallow-like substance that covered an intersection in Nanjing, China. Though officials never publicly confirmed what the mysterious material was made of, they did state that it was caused by underground subway construction.



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