Fire hydrant shoots geyser 40 feet high after being hit by car in Pismo Beach

ldoust@thetribunenews.comMay 20, 2014 

A car crashed into a fire hydrant on Oak Park Boulevard in Pismo Beach on Monday, May 19, 2014, causing a geyser to shoot out water at an estimated 1500 gallons per minute. The water geyser was estimated to be 40 feet high.


A car hit a fire hydrant in Pismo Beach on Monday night, causing a geyser that shot water approximately 40 feet high for 30 minutes.

Five Cities Fire was initially called to the accident at North Oak Park Boulevard at 9 p.m. because it was thought the crash had happened next to the Best Western in Arroyo Grande. After it was determined it was actually near the downhill exit leading away from Orchard Supply Hardware, Cal Fire in Pismo Beach was called.

Cal Fire firefighters called in the city's public works employees to stop the flow of water and start repairs, although firefighters from both agencies were able to stem the flow of water, according to a Five Cities Fire news release.

Water flow from the hydrant was estimated to be 1,500 gallons per minute, according to fire officials. After flowing for 30 minutes, it's estimated that up to 45,000 gallons of water were lost.

Police from Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach worked to provide traffic control and to keep bystanders away from the geyser. The condition of the driver and vehicle was unknown as of late Monday night.

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