50-foot geyser erupts in Pacific Heights
San Francisco was sweating through one of its hottest days of the year — sunny, 85 degrees with nary a cloud in sight. But in a small corner of Pacific Heights, it was raining briskly.
In fact, you could call it a real gusher.
A pickup truck backing up at the northwest corner of Scott and Clay streets snapped off a fire plug Thursday morning, resulting in an Old Faithful-style geyser rising about 50 feet above the street.
The water went up and came back down, showering any pedestrians who happened to be in range. The sudden influx flooded the intersection, creating the world's largest doggy drinking dish for a passing canine.
All that was missing was the cliche scene of city kids splashing around the impromptu fountain on a sweltering day.
The driver of the truck called police and fire departments. Firefighters took little time in cutting off the feed valve to the hydrant.
But for a while Thursday, a small piece of Pacific Heights stayed well-hydrated during the city's heat wave.
Or well-hydranted, at least.
Mike Moffitt is an SFGATE Digital Reporter. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @Mike_at_SFGate.