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THIS is why you don’t park in front of fire hydrants

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We all know we're not supposed to park in front of fire hydrants. But, if you think getting towed is the worst that can happen then you should read this story of one BMW'S "Backdraft" moment.

The car was blocking a hydrant. So, firefighters smashed two windows and fed the hose through the car. They were trying to put out a fire at three apartment houses in East Boston. It was a scene right out of the movie Backdraft.

Firefighters can't thread the hose under or around the car because it's not very flexible and tends to kink reducing the flow of water. Which is exactly what happened to the hose stuck through the BMW. The car was parked so close to the hydrant that firemen dented it while hooking up and then the hose kinked up. Firefighters and bystanders got together to move the BMW.

The car itself became an attraction and photos were tweeted out. Radio hosts chortled over the picture. It's definitely a feel bad moment for the owner. the broken windows, the dent, the shame. Boston police have confirmed that they are mailing a $100 ticket to the owner of the BMW for illegally parking in front of a hydrant.

This happens every once in a while and it's been happening for decades. But, whenever it happens, it's greeted with something approaching glee. "This is what happens to the cars of morons who park in front of hydrants." The Toucher and Rich Radio Show got a text from a firefighter not involved in the Boston Fire.

The spokesman for the Boston Fire Department kept saying, "We certainly didn't take any pleasure in doing this."

By: Jeanne Moos

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