Los Angeles Firefighters Sent Running as Flames Shoot from Power Pole

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Water from a sheared fire hydrant came in contact with high-voltage power lines Thursday morning resulting in a fiery Hollywood explosion that sent firefighters running, reports KTLA 5.

The incident began when the fire hydrant was sheared just before 7 a.m. in the 6700 block of West Santa Monica Boulevard, Erik Scott with the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

Aerial video from Sky5 showed a white car still sitting near the sheared hydrant as water was shooting roughly 50 to 60 feet into the sky, drenching a nearby power pole.

At one point, while firefighters were working to shut off the hydrant, a column of fire and smoke exploded from two power conductors sitting atop a nearby pole, sending the firefighters and others running from the area.

“It just exploded, the pole exploded. So we just ran, ran, ran,” Blanson said.

Sky5 captured at least two other explosions as crews worked to shut off the water and power.

No injuries were initially reported in the incident.

Watch video of the explosion here http://bit.ly/1hiCJ96

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