Fire Department Forced To Deliver Tough Lesson After Finding Parked Car in Front of Hydrant

All drivers know that you aren’t allowed (most of the time) to park in front of a fire hydrant, but do you know what happens if you do happen to park in front of one?

Parking in front of a hydrant disturbs the actual function of the hydrant during an emergency. An unfortunate person learned that the hard way in East Boston on April 9, 2014, according to CBS News.

Here's a pic of a BMW parked in front of a hydrant at yesterday's 8 alarm fire in boston. It really does happen it's not just in the movies lol

Posted by John F Lafferty III on Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A driver had parked a BMW that he had only owned for a couple of days directly in front of a hydrant. Unfortunately, an eight-alarm fire broke out on the same street and fire hoses were needed to stick straight off of a hydrant in order to maintain pressure.

So the firefighters decided to smash out two of the BMW’s windows and ran the hose through the inside of the automobile.

Rafael Henriquez, a pal 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, an Acura owner parked right in front of an unassuming fire hydrant.

It was a bad day for the individual, as a one-alarm fire broke out at 1 a.m. Although it was only a minor fire, the same thing happened: Firefighters smashed 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 shared 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 beyond these other two events. On Feb. 26, a residential fire broke out.

Anaheim Fire and Rescue soon arrived on the scene, and you can guess what they found there, right? It was a gray sedan sitting directly in front of the fire hydrant.

So firefighters did what they had to do and removed the windows as fast as they could. They photographed the damage from four angles and uploaded the photos to Twitter.

“Ever wonder what happens when a car is parked in front of a fire hydrant and a fire breaks out?” the caption stated.

“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 wraps, 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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