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Car driver hits hydrant, sends water flying (updated)

Los Angeles County Fire Department firemen (Station 62) and the Claremont Police Department respond to a broken fire hydrant shooting water over 30 feet in the air at the Vons Shopping Center on Mills Avenue Thursday evening, July 3. A 65-year-old driver backing his vehicle out of parking space near Round Table Pizza struck a fire hydrant. Police and firefighters responded to the 500 block of East Base Line Road around 6:50 p.m. and were successful in shutting off the water after about 30 minutes. The male driver was not injured. The shopping center was shut down for a short period of time, although many shoppers took advantage of the cool water flowing through the parking lot. Be sure to check out our photo gallery. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger

  • LA County FFPM Janet Babcock, left, and Engineer Mike Dollars check the damage caused by a broken fire hydrant at the Von's Shopping Center Thursday evening.

    LA County FFPM Janet Babcock, left, and Engineer Mike Dollars ch...

  • Cars were still able to go around the water to exit the Vons Shopping Center. The center was closed for a short period of time.

    Cars were still able to go around the water to exit the Vons Sho...

  • Emily Bangiorno and her daughter Lilly of Claremont walk through the cool stream of water created by the broken fire hydrant at the Vons Shopping Center Thursday.

    Emily Bangiorno and her daughter Lilly of Claremont walk through...

  • The moon was easy to spot in the evening sky.

    The moon was easy to spot in the evening sky....

  • Norman Rubio and his son Zachary, 10, of Claremont take advantage of the flowing water with a little surfing play.

    Norman Rubio and his son Zachary, 10, of Claremont take advantag...

  • LA County FFPM Janet Babcock directs traffic around the water geyser in the parking lot.

    LA County FFPM Janet Babcock directs traffic around the water ge...

  • FFPM Janet Babcock and Golden State Water's Distribution Operator David Stephens close the water value to the shopping in order to stop the release of water into the parking lot.

    FFPM Janet Babcock and Golden State Water's Distribution Operato...

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