Admiralty Way in Marina del Rey was partially flooded Thursday morning, August 10th, after a fire hydrant ruptured, shooting water up to nearly 100 feet in the air, a Los Angeles County Fire Department official said.
The incident occurred at about 7:45 a.m. when a big-rig truck reportedly made a U-turn and “knocked off” a fire hydrant at 4215 Admiralty Way, said Capt. Mike Kelly of county Fire Station 110 in the Marina.
After hitting the hydrant, the truck reportedly fled the scene, Kelly alleged.
The California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident as a hit-and-run misdemeanor.
There were no injuries reported. No damage, other than to the fire hydrant, was reported.
Approximately nine firefighters from county Fire Station 110 were called to the scene, where they saw a “100-foot header of water,” Kelly said.
County Sheriff’s Department Marina Station deputies were also called to the scene and assisted with traffic control.
Firefighters initially attempted to turn off the water at the source, near the hydrant, an effort that was “quite an ordeal,” Kelly said.
Admiralty Way, which was partially flooded with six to eight inches of water, was closed to traffic eastbound for about an hour and a half, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. George Ducoulombier said.
The westbound side of the street remained open during the incident.
County Department of Public Works crews shut off the water after about an hour and a half.
Admiralty Way was cleared and reopened by 10:45 a.m., Kelly said.