|The fatberg in Baltimore had taken 50 years to grow|
A giant, disgusting mass of filth, grease wipes and various other nasties is finally being removed from a sewer below Baltimore.
The foul fatberg has taken more than 50 years to grow to its nightmarish size.
It was found in a pipe near the city's Penn Station and the glob - now notorious in the city - has been clogging up to 85% of the pipe.
It has caused more than three million litres of raw sewage to splurge into the Jones Fall stream, which empties into Baltimore's inner harbour.
City officials have had enough and after scraping off as much of the glued-together waste as possible, they have started blasting with high-powered pressure washers to break it down.
The gunk is then sucked out by a truck-mounted industrial vacuum.
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Experts say the bulk of the fatberg is made up of household waste.
"Anything from sanitary wipes, dental floss, diapers, you name it... it shouldn't be in there," said city worker Pat Boyle.
"We can't treat our toilets like trash cans."
And describing the mess, Department of Public Works specialist Michael Rebert said: "(There are) a bunch of plastic bags, rubber gloves from other sewer workers... We got everything from pens, batteries, pennies, coins, anything that you flush down your drain."
It is thought the final bill for removing the horrible hulk of goo could reach $60,000 (£45,000).
Whatever waste is sucked out of the sewer will be taken to a landfill site.