There's a broken fire hydrant at Acton and Addison. Photo: Toph Burns
There’s a broken fire hydrant at Acton and Addison. Photo: Toph Burns

A broken fire hydrant in central Berkeley sent water shooting up into the sky Friday morning.

Berkeleyside readers alerted us to the situation, at Acton and Addison streets, at 11 a.m.

Wrote Toph Burns, on Twitter, when he shared this photograph: “Quick everyone, bring buckets and laundry!”

The Berkeley Fire Department responded to the scene to address the issue.

Update, 1 p.m. Berkeley Police Lt. Andrew Rateaver said a delivery truck backed into the hydrant accidentally. No injuries were reported.

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Emilie Raguso (former senior editor, news) joined Berkeleyside in 2012 and covered politics, public safety and development until her departure in 2022. In 2017, Emilie was named Journalist...