Swann Memorial Fountain freezes over in Logan Circle [photos]

    Passers-by stopped by Logan Circle to admire and snap photos of the Swann Memorial Fountain covered in icicles Monday.

    With temperatures falling to a record low for November and the city of Philadelphia issuing a “code blue” weather warning, the fountain froze overnight.

    Roger Wing noticed that the water was still flowing from the fountain Monday morning when he dropped his two children off at school. When Wing returned in the afternoon, the fountain was covered in ice.

    “It’s a rare spectacular event, a wonderful mistake,” remarked Wing.

    It’s a Philadelphia tradition for the Swann Memorial Fountain to remain operating through the Thanksgiving Parade, said Mark Focht, first deputy commissioner of Parks and Recreation.

    “It was not a mistake for the fountain to be on,” said Focht. “We didn’t anticipate that it would freeze because of the consistent circulation of water.”

    There is no damage to the fountain and that the ice is expected to melt by Thursday morning, he said.  The fountain will be up and running in time for the parade.

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