Vandals open up fire hydrants in west Tulsa

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 12/26/2012 5:54 pm Published: 12/26/2012 3:34 pm

What the winter storm didn’t do to Tulsa, spewing fire hydrants did as several streets in west Tulsa were iced over.

It was no accident as vandals opened up the hydrants on at least four streets in the 6100 block of west 26th street, the 2500 block of south 57th west Avenue, the 3100 block of south 61st west Avenue and the 3300 block of south 63rd west Avenue.

Using a wrench similar to a hydrant wrench, someone went all over west Tulsa early Wednesday morning opening up four hydrants and leaving them running for at least an hour.

Nick Fernandez is from Arkansas and like many others he made the trip to Tulsa to visit relatives for Christmas. But when he got up this morning, he noticed something strange.

"I noticed my dogs were slipping when I let them out,” he says.

Looking around, he noticed large ice patches forming on his in-laws lawn.

"The grass is kind of crunchy from the ice, and like I said there are slick spots on our porch and driveway and stuff,” says Nick.

The hydrants were finally turned off around 6:30 Wednesday morning before any accidents happened. The city says its emergency crews have enough to deal with during the cold weather without someone turning on fire hydrants and creating a driving hazard.

"We had to put some sand and salt around a couple of the locations because there was ice,” says City of Tulsa employee, Bob Bledsoe.

For Nick, he says he’s got a good idea on how this all may have started.

"Probably some kids on Christmas break being bored I imagine, but at least there's not too much damage done. I'm sure it could have been much worse,” says Nick.

Despite having at least four hydrants being turned on, the water pressure in west Tulsa did not seem to be affected.

If you are every caught turning on a fire hydrant illegally you could be fined up to $1,000 and also be charged with a misdemeanor.

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tiredbeingsad - 12/27/2012 11:39 AM
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what a bunch of idiots.. got nothing better to do.

Mayor Maynot - 12/26/2012 3:54 PM
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About a 4' pipe wrench %8^]]

Mayor Maynot - 12/26/2012 3:52 PM
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Slip sliding away
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