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Broken hydrant shoots water into the sky in SLO

San Luis Obispo firefighters work to shut off a gushing fire hydrant on Higuera Street.
San Luis Obispo firefighters work to shut off a gushing fire hydrant on Higuera Street.

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.

Original story:

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.

Kaytlyn Leslie: 805-781-7928, @kaytyleslie

Firefighters work to shut off a gushing fire hydrant after it was hit by a vehicle on Froom Ranch Way next to Home Depot on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016.

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