Car Strikes Hydrant, Floods SF's Lombard Street

Tourists got a unique photo oppurtunity on Friday.

Friday, Mar 2, 2012  |  Updated 4:52 PM PDT
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Car Strikes Hydrant, Floods Lombard Street

Brian McInerney / For NBC Bay Area

Tourists along historic Lombard Street got a different look of the crooked landmark: a busted fire hydrant flooding the area.

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A vehicle traveling down the crooked block of San Francisco's Lombard Street struck a fire hydrant Friday afternoon, causing water to flood into some nearby homes, a fire department spokeswoman said.
      
The vehicle struck a hydrant at 12:23 p.m. about halfway down the 1000 block of Lombard Street, the block famous for its eight steep, downhill turns, fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

The crash sent water shooting out of the hydrant and into some homes along the street, according to Talmadge. She did not know how many homes were affected.

Firefighters responded with the fire engine specifically designed to navigate that block and turned off the water by 1:05 p.m., Talmadge said.

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