Some 4-S Ranch residents awake to 50-foot geyser after hit-and-run driver slams into fire hydrant

SAN DIEGO - Authorities in 4-S Ranch said they are searching for a hit-and-run driver who slammed into a fire hydrant at an apartment complex that sent a 50-foot geyser shooting into the air Wednesday night.

The California Highway Patrol said the wreck occurred at about 11:30 p.m. at 10313 Craftsman Way.

Residents told 10News that they heard a loud "boom" outside of their homes and were startled to find a fountain of water spraying into their bedrooms and over their three story apartment buildings.

"I thought somebody was breaking in," said resident Nathan Officer. "We heard a loud boom, like a boom, like hit the window. I looked out the window and someone went peeling off, somebody went driving off, hit our hydrant right in front of our house."

Several residents said they spotted the suspect vehicle, a Ford F-150 pickup truck with flames painted on the side, speeding away from the scene through the parking lot. 

Firefighters arrived and attempted to shut off the water, but their hydrant tool became stuck in the hole. 

They had to wait an hour for utility officials to arrive on scene to shut down the geyser.

10News crews at the scene said the parking lot was flooded and one apartment had wet carpet, but there was no major damage to the buildings. 

Officers said no arrests have been made.

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