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.
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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.