La Jolla fire hydrants painted 'dangerous' gold color

LA JOLLA - Eight fire hydrants in La Jolla were painted gold last week without the city's approval.

The city of San Diego's Public Works Department said the gold paint on the fire hydrants is considered vandalism and it will cost about $114 to clean, prime and repaint the fire hydrants along Coast Boulevard and Nautilus Street.

San Diego’s 25,000 fire hydrants are painted a uniform yellow so that they stand out to firefighters and that it's dangerous to paint them any other color, a city spokesman said.

The city spokesman said they do not have information on who painted the fire hydrants but hope it doesn't happen again.

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