All drivers know that you aren’t supposed to park in front of a fire hydrant, but do you know what happens if you do?
Parking in front of a hydrant interferes with its proper function during an emergency. An inconsiderate motorist learned that the hard way in East Boston on April 9, 2014, according to CBS News.
A driver had parked a BMW that he had only owned for two days in front of a hydrant. Unfortunately, an eight-alarm fire broke out on the street and fire hoses needed to stick straight off of a hydrant in order to maintain pressure.
So the firefighters proceeded to smash out two of the BMW’s windows and snaked the hose through the car’s interior.
Rafael Henriquez, a friend of the car owner, said, “I wanted to cry for him. Of course, he brought that on himself.”
The same thing happened on June 13, 2018, in Hamilton, New Jersey. According to NJ.com, an Acura owner parked in front of a fire hydrant.
Unfortunately for the individual, a one-alarm fire broke out at 1 a.m. Although it was only a minor blaze, the same thing happened: Firefighters bashed out the windows and strung the hose through the vehicle.
“This is what happens when you park in front of a hydrant,” the Hamilton Township Professional Firefighters wrote on social media. “Reminder, it is against the law to park in front of a fire hydrant.”
According to KSTU, the city of Anaheim, California, took things one step further. On Feb. 26, a residential fire broke out.
Anaheim Fire & Rescue soon arrived on the scene, and you can guess what they found there, right? It was a gray sedan sitting smack in front of the fire hydrant.
Ever wonder what happens when a car is parked in front of a fire hydrant and a fire breaks out? Is a closer parking spot worth the broken windows and the citation and towing fees to @AnaheimPD? @City_of_Anaheim residents please do not park in fire lanes pic.twitter.com/Q96E4gfTOR
— Anaheim Fire & Rescue (@AnaheimFire) February 26, 2019
So firefighters did what they had to do and smashed the windows to glittery dust. They photographed the damage from four angles and uploaded the snaps to Twitter.
“Ever wonder what happens when a car is parked in front of a fire hydrant and a fire breaks out?” the caption read.
“Is a closer parking spot worth the broken windows and the citation and towing fees to @AnaheimPD?”
Certainly not. First responders may have managed to get the blaze under control, but this driver — and any others who repeat the person’s mistakes — will feel the pain for a long time to come.
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