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Tuesday, May 13, 2008 Oops

It's something you only see in chase movies but now and then it happens in real life, every driver's nightmare you lose control at one of the city's busiest intersections, take out a fire hydrant, and things get dramatic. It must be really embarrassing, but in this case the driver was long gone.

This was Tuesday, May 13, in the Wilshire District, at noon the northwest corner of Third and Vermont. A van took out a fire hydrant, the Fire Department rolled in three or four units, the police shut down the intersection, and the fireman took an hour to find the damned shut-off valve. 

A big crowd gathered, of course. It was kind of like a party even the firemen were laughing.  And it made for some interesting pictures.

Broken fire hydrant, Tuesday, May 13, 2008, in the Wilshire District at noon - the northwest corner of Third and Vermont
Broken fire hydrant, Tuesday, May 13, 2008, in the Wilshire District at noon - the northwest corner of Third and Vermont
Broken fire hydrant, Tuesday, May 13, 2008, in the Wilshire District at noon - the northwest corner of Third and Vermont
Broken fire hydrant, Tuesday, May 13, 2008, in the Wilshire District at noon - the northwest corner of Third and Vermont
Broken fire hydrant, Tuesday, May 13, 2008, in the Wilshire District at noon - the northwest corner of Third and Vermont
Broken fire hydrant, Tuesday, May 13, 2008, in the Wilshire District at noon - the northwest corner of Third and Vermont
Broken fire hydrant, Tuesday, May 13, 2008, in the Wilshire District at noon - the northwest corner of Third and Vermont
Broken fire hydrant, Tuesday, May 13, 2008, in the Wilshire District at noon - the northwest corner of Third and Vermont
Broken fire hydrant, Tuesday, May 13, 2008, in the Wilshire District at noon - the northwest corner of Third and Vermont
Broken fire hydrant, Tuesday, May 13, 2008, in the Wilshire District at noon - the northwest corner of Third and Vermont
Broken fire hydrant, Tuesday, May 13, 2008, in the Wilshire District at noon - the northwest corner of Third and Vermont
Broken fire hydrant, Tuesday, May 13, 2008, in the Wilshire District at noon - the northwest corner of Third and Vermont
Broken fire hydrant, Tuesday, May 13, 2008, in the Wilshire District at noon - the northwest corner of Third and Vermont
Broken fire hydrant, Tuesday, May 13, 2008, in the Wilshire District at noon - the northwest corner of Third and Vermont
Broken fire hydrant, Tuesday, May 13, 2008, in the Wilshire District at noon - the northwest corner of Third and Vermont

The perpetrator and the victim

Broken fire hydrant, Tuesday, May 13, 2008, in the Wilshire District at noon - the northwest corner of Third and Vermont
Broken fire hydrant, Tuesday, May 13, 2008, in the Wilshire District at noon - the northwest corner of Third and Vermont
Broken fire hydrant, Tuesday, May 13, 2008, in the Wilshire District at noon - the northwest corner of Third and Vermont

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Technical Note:

Photographs after March 3, 2008, were taken with a Nikon D200 or a Nikon D70 when noted. All previous photographs were taken with the D70. The lenses used are (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto, or (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. Photography here is modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0.  The earliest photography in the archives was done with a Sony Mavica digital still camera (MVC-FD-88) with built-in digital zoom.

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