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Sheared Hydrant Makes for a Wet Morning on 6th

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, June 15, 2010, at 01:49PM
Sheared Hydrant Eric Richardson [Flickr]

A truck sheared off this hydrant on 6th between Hill and Broadway late Tuesday morning. The resulting geyser lasted an hour before being shut off.



A truck backing into the alley next to the Los Angeles Theatre sheared off a 6th street fire hydrant late Tuesday morning, sending water 20 feet into the air and closing off the block to traffic for more than an hour before DWP personnel could get the geyser stopped.

The historic theatre hosted an Ubisoft press event on Monday evening, part of the festivities around the Electronic Entertainment Expo, more commonly referred to as E3. The truck was attempting to enter the alley to load out gear when it hit the hydrant.

According to an LAPD officer on-scene, the mistake could be an expensive one for the trucking firm or its insurance company. Using the size of the pipe and the duration of the spill, DWP will compute the cost of the water lost and send the company a bill.

The water appeared to be draining successfully, and no flooding was seen at the site. The water flow was shut off soon after noon.

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