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What would cause continuous sparking, fairly large sparks, at a grounding clamp connection from a main panel. Connected to a Col water pipe of painted copper.

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This sounds pretty serious.  Most likely, there are some loose wires in and around the panel.  It is also theoretically possible that the problem is coming from a neighbor's house and the electricity is coming through the metal pipes. If it still sparks after you turn off your main breaker, then it would indicate a neighbor's problem.

This is probably something more than a homeowner can handle, and since it is a fire hazard, I would get an electrician to look at it ASAP.
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