PLEASANT HILL (CBS SF) — More than a dozen fire hydrants were opened in five Contra Costa County cities over roughly a two-hour period, and investigators are looking for the culprits, fire officials said Saturday.

The hydrants were opened in Pleasant Hill, Pacheco, Martinez, Lafayette and Walnut Creek between 11 p.m. Friday and 1:15 a.m. Saturday, sending a large amount of water gushing into the streets, according to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

Fire officials said each of the opened hydrants was an unnecessary call for service that made it harder for firefighters to respond to legitimate emergencies. In addition, the flowing water poses a threat to traffic and to nearby property, and could damage the hydrants.

“This is not a harmless prank,” said Fire Prevention Captain Randy Champion.

“I can not emphasize enough how this type of criminal activity was dangerous and irresponsible,” Champion said.

The district is asking for the public’s help in identifying those responsible. Anyone with information is asked to contact local police, the Fire District’s Fire Investigation Unit at (925) 942-9140 or the arson tip line at (866) 502-7766. Callers can remain anonymous.

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Comments (6)
  1. BoB Lime says:

    Um……ya, on the scale of things it’s pretty harmless. Lighten up.

  2. lil old lady says:

    These individuals are brain dead, irresponsible, young fools who think it’s fun and funny to cause the fire dept. or police as much trouble as they can. They don’t care if someone is hurt due to their stupidity.

    BoB, it’s not harmless if the firefighters get a real call and can’t respond because of these idiots’ stupid prank.

  3. JaneQPublic says:


    This was NOT an isolated act. It apparently was a concerted action involving “more than a dozen hydrants ” throughout CC County..

    This not only creates a public safety hazard and ties up resources for emergency services, it can also be viewed as an act of SABOTAGE – ” a deliberate action aimed at weakening another entity through subversion, obstruction, disruption, or destruction.”

    Saboteurs may be liable for prosecution as domestic terrorists…

    Still think this is ‘lightweight’???

    1. Big Jake says:

      Gosh JaneQ, you always get your panties in a bunch, lighten up. Weren’t you ever a kid? Or did you just grow up being and old fogey?

      1. FedUpWithMorons says:

        Grow up Jake – try taking a First Aid Class, become a NERT volunteer, or contribute something to BETTER your community. Most people did NOT pull ‘stunts’ like this or any other as kids. They were taught to act responsibly, which is obviously something YOUR own parents failed at miserably. Don’t expect anyone to rescue you if you ever need an ambulance, fire truck or cop – they will be too busy cleaning up the mess caused by morons of your ilk who think its funny…..

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