Update, 5:10 p.m.
San Luis Obispo Fire Department Battalion Chief Bob Bisson said a car clipped the fire hydrant on Higuera Street as the driver was turning into a nearby parking lot.
He said the car hit the hydrant’s break-away vault, which is designed to break off when hit so that the hydrant itself isn’t damaged.
The hydrant has since been fixed, and water is restored.
San Luis Obispo Fire Department has shut off water to a sheared hydrant that was shooting water 30 to 40 feet into the sky in the 1400 block of Higuera Street, according to a tweet by the fire agency.
It is not clear what broke the hydrant on Monday afternoon, or for how long it was spilling water.