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Residents of San Francisco's Tenderloin district awoke early Wednesday morning to a 60-foot geyser of water shooting out from a damaged fire hydrant.

The hydrant was bowled over around 12:40 a.m. when a taxicab and sedan collided, 5 KPIX reported. The taxi jumped the curb and knocked over the hydrant, causing water to shoot into the air. It took the fire department two hours to staunch the flow of water.

No injuries were reported, but some residents in the surrounding area lost water service. The driver of the sedan was arrested under suspicion of driving under the influence.

San Franciscans may not be used to water shooting up from their streets, but in Russia the sudden appearance of a geyser in the road barely phases drivers.


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      Connie
      • 1 Year Ago
      very interesting to watch. enjoy it.
      JIM
      • 1 Year Ago
      So the idiots in California are doing it again. When they are in the middle of a drought and they are crying for more water, they just let the water spew for over 2 hours, or maybe they are just stupid and ignorant and can't figure out how to shut it down. Either way it again shows what morons live in that state, and run it into the ground. How many hundreds of thousands of gallons of water were wasted, it will be hard to tell now, but I will guaranted that the morons who run the area won't mention it at all, and obviously the stupid people reporting the story could not figure that part out either. What a waste, in more ways than one.
      • 1 Year Ago
      So much negativity. I guess every single person who posts on here in perfect!
      Kurtis Erikson
      • 1 Year Ago
      Shutting down a hydrant is not that easy. I saw this happen near 18th and Mission and the fire department responded. They had to locate the shut off valve that was accessible in the street but under the plume the geyser and stuck because it was probably not used in years. It took several hefty guys multiple attempts to first get the cover off the valve and then get the valve turned off. The fact that this happened at nearly two in the morning only compounds the difficulty and there were cars in the way that had to be moved. Easy to be an arm chair quarter back. Those guys are a dime a dozen. When you actually have to do the job, that's quite another matter.
      Kurtis Erikson
      • 1 Year Ago
      Shutting down a hydrant is not that easy. I saw this happen near 18th and Mission and the fire department responded. They had to locate the shut off valve that was accessible in the street but under the plume the geyser and stuck because it was probably not used in years. It took several hefty guys multiple attempts to first get the cover off the valve and then get the valve turned off. The fact that this happened at nearly two in the morning only compounds the difficulty and there were cars in the way that had to be moved. Easy to be an arm chair quarter back. Those guys are a dime a dozen. When you actually have to do the job, that's quite another matter.
      jfitton
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hopefully, this isn't the water that CA poaches from Lake Meade and leaves NV so dry!!
      z5catman
      • 1 Year Ago
      Add the cost of the water to the fine for the DUI driver.
      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      No one on the 4th floor or higher could flush toilets or take showers until they got it stopped.