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Why you should NEVER park in front of a hydrant: Boston firefighters smash BMW windows....
The Daily Mail Online ^ | April 10, 2014 | Joshua Gardner

Posted on 04/10/2014 9:40:18 AM PDT by Uncle Chip

A Boston BMW owner made the mistake of parking illegally in front of a fire hydrant, so fire fighters battling an 8-alarm blaze simply smashed a hose through the windows Wednesday night.

It appears to be an act of retaliation at first, but firefighters say the fire hose must be as straight as possible to maintain water pressure.

And with this multi-home inferno, they needed everything in perfect working order.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


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KEYWORDS: boston; firstresponders
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Does that hose look as straight as possible to anybody here??

Wouldn't it be straighter if it went under the BMW instead of through it???

1 posted on 04/10/2014 9:40:19 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

I suspect that there are plenty of BMW owners who could use some object lessons in common courtesy.


2 posted on 04/10/2014 9:42:22 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Uncle Chip

Yeah.

I think they should have used their tools to remove the center portion of the cars so the hose could be as straight as possible.

I am with the Fire Department on this one.


3 posted on 04/10/2014 9:45:55 AM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: Uncle Chip

Is there something about a BMW that makes the owner think he is better than anybody else?
Or does he buy a BMW because he thinks he is better than anybody else?


4 posted on 04/10/2014 9:46:01 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: Uncle Chip
I think it would have been best to bore a large hole through the center of the vehicle. Leave the windows in place and bore a 12" diameter hole straight through.

...or...the jackass BMW driver could NOT park his car in front of hydrants for this very reason!

5 posted on 04/10/2014 9:48:27 AM PDT by Solson (The Voters stole the election! And the establishment wants it back.)
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To: Uncle Chip

There is one driver just a little wiser about parking in front of a hydrant. Maybe. Depends on whom the driver voted for in the last 2 elections.


6 posted on 04/10/2014 9:50:01 AM PDT by lurk
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To: Uncle Chip

Actually, in that first photo the hose looks like it has a kink in it. And also that there’s no way to run the hose under or over the car without having a similar kink. I don’t think the firefighters had much time to think the matter over. And the BMW guy deserves a big fine for obstructing the hydrant.


7 posted on 04/10/2014 9:50:28 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Uncle Chip

Good for the Firefighters!


8 posted on 04/10/2014 9:52:37 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: Uncle Chip

I think they did it because they could. If they used one of the side outlets on the hydrant and it probably would have been quicker than smashing the windows and feeding the hose through, but less entertaining.


9 posted on 04/10/2014 9:52:53 AM PDT by jaydubya2
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To: Uncle Chip
...the fire hose must be as straight as possible to maintain water pressure.

NP, the engineer, confirms this fluid dynamics principle, and notes that the hose connections on the hydrant are often at car window height.

Straight out of the hydrant would often be directly through the side windows.

10 posted on 04/10/2014 9:53:17 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Uncle Chip

I wonder how many illegals were displaced by this fire.....


11 posted on 04/10/2014 9:59:53 AM PDT by DickBrannigan (When did logic become reversed, and right became wrong, and wrong became right?)
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To: Uncle Chip

BMW Joke...keeping in the spirit.

A hobo comes up to the front door of a neat looking farmhouse and raps gently on the door. When the farm owner answers, the hobo asks him, “Please, sir, could you give me something to eat? I haven’t had a good meal in several days.”

The owner says, “I have made a fortune in my lifetime by supplying goods for people. I’ve never given anything away for nothing. However, if you go around the back, you will see a gallon of paint and a clean paint brush. If you will paint my porch, I will give you a good meal.”

So the hobo goes around back and a while later he again knocks on the door. The owner says, “Finished already? Good. Come on in. Sit down. The cook will bring your meal right in.”

The hobo says, “Thank you very much, sir. But there’s something that I think you should know. It’s not a Porsche you got there. It’s a BMW.”


12 posted on 04/10/2014 10:00:38 AM PDT by areukiddingme1 (areukiddingme1 is a synonym for a Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and tired of liberal BS.))
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To: Uncle Chip

..and the difference between a BMW driver and a porcupine is ???...


13 posted on 04/10/2014 10:01:30 AM PDT by Tula Git (There IS a coup in America and it's on track and almost complete.)
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To: Navy Patriot

... ..the fire hose must be as straight as possible to maintain water pressure....

Unless your name is Bill Clinton.


14 posted on 04/10/2014 10:06:40 AM PDT by relictele (Principiis obsta & Finem respice - Resist The Beginnings & Consider The End)
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To: Uncle Chip
Darn it. I was all set to flame away; "This is old news. I've seen this interenet meme for YEARS'. But I clicked the link and lo and behold; this is new news.

Here is the pic I thought I'd see.


15 posted on 04/10/2014 10:07:25 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Uncle Chip

Just last week, Boston buried two firefighters . They are not going to put up with ANY nonsense.


16 posted on 04/10/2014 10:07:41 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: lurk

Take a guess.......


17 posted on 04/10/2014 10:08:13 AM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: Responsibility2nd

The backstory on that pic in post 15. From 2003.

http://msgboard.snopes.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=109;t=000330;p=1


18 posted on 04/10/2014 10:10:20 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Uncle Chip

“Authorities believe a vehicle parked in the garage of one of the homes exploded.”

A Volt? Or a Tesla?


19 posted on 04/10/2014 10:10:50 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Proud2BeRight

The car owner should be glad he’s going to have to replace some windows and pay a fine. Car could have been filled with water. I am with the firefighters on this one.


20 posted on 04/10/2014 10:11:40 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: relictele

LOL! Noted.


21 posted on 04/10/2014 10:13:33 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: areukiddingme1

:)


22 posted on 04/10/2014 10:14:03 AM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: I want the USA back

Yes

and

Yes.


23 posted on 04/10/2014 10:18:15 AM PDT by Daffynition (The price of gas when Heussein took office: $1.81/gal)
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To: I want the USA back
Is there something about a BMW that makes the owner think he is better than anybody else?
Or does he buy a BMW because he thinks he is better than anybody else?

Perhaps he KNOWS he is better but no one has seemed to notice yet? Advertizing, man!

/s

24 posted on 04/10/2014 10:18:33 AM PDT by BwanaNdege
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To: jaydubya2
If they used one of the side outlets on the hydrant and it probably would have been quicker than smashing the windows and feeding the hose through, but less entertaining.

The side outlets on a fire hydrant are smaller. The main outlet is intended for connection to the fire truck pumper unit to help pump the water to put out large fires.

25 posted on 04/10/2014 10:22:39 AM PDT by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: Uncle Chip
They didn't have to smash the glass. They could have used the Jaws Of Life to tear the doors off.


What?

26 posted on 04/10/2014 10:23:44 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

Right. The extra time the firefighters had to work around or through that law-breaker’s vehicle, both additional life and property loss could occur.


27 posted on 04/10/2014 10:24:19 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: Responsibility2nd

Based on the position of the hydrant and hose, they should have ripped his doors off too.


28 posted on 04/10/2014 10:34:07 AM PDT by joshua c (Please dont feed the liberals)
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To: Uncle Chip
Street parking spaces in Boston are at a premium.

This guy paid $300K for a parking space in Back Bay....

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/2009_06_11__300_000_marks_the_spot:_Parking_space_fetches_highest_Hub_price_ever/srvc=home&position=1

....and the story is East Boston....a different kettle of fish. Remember the BFD lost one of their own a few weeks ago, in awful OTJ accident. East Boston is a pretty tough neighborhood.

I'm glad the FD got some revenge. Those 3-stackers are so close to each other....a whole neighborhood could have gone up.

29 posted on 04/10/2014 10:34:11 AM PDT by Daffynition (The price of gas when Heussein took office: $1.81/gal)
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Not enough.


30 posted on 04/10/2014 10:37:15 AM PDT by upchuck (Support ABLE, the Anybody But Lindsey Effort. Yes, we are the ABLE!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Indeed, just emphasizes that BMW drivers continue to be self absorbed asswipes that feel more important than everyone else. Nothing has changed over the years.

No doubt Obunga voters.

31 posted on 04/10/2014 10:41:34 AM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: Uncle Chip

There is not much room UNDER a BMW. Just a few inches.


32 posted on 04/10/2014 10:42:07 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Uncle Chip

It looks like going down under the car would have worked much better than what they did.


33 posted on 04/10/2014 10:42:26 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: Uncle Chip

Seems to me bashing the car with a firetruck and shoving the mangled wreck out of the way would have made for a straighter hose....


34 posted on 04/10/2014 10:42:36 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Uncle Chip

I have no problem with this.

In my neighborhood, we have people who insist on parking on both sides of the street where there is a fairly sharp turn. They could park in their driveways and not be on the street, so it’s not a necessity issue. There isn’t enough room for a fire truck to get through; not without touching their cars. One thing I’ve learned is that you do not get between firemen and a fire. That truck will crash right through the cars to get where they need to go, and the city will sue for the damage to the truck.

I’ve told the neighbors this. We’ll see if it ever comes to that.


35 posted on 04/10/2014 10:42:48 AM PDT by henkster (I don't like bossy women telling me what words I can't use.)
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Depends on whom the driver voted for in the last 2 elections.

Beemer in Boston...what do you think?

36 posted on 04/10/2014 10:45:12 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: I want the USA back
Is there something about a BMW that makes the owner think he is better than anybody else?

What's the difference between a BMW and a porcupine?

With a porcupine, the prick is on the outside.

You can use substitute any make/model of car; it's a very versatile joke.

37 posted on 04/10/2014 10:45:30 AM PDT by henkster (I don't like bossy women telling me what words I can't use.)
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To: Tula Git

> ..and the difference between a BMW driver and a porcupine is ???...

With a porcupine, the pricks are on the outside.


38 posted on 04/10/2014 10:46:34 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: Uncle Chip
It also happens that it was a car that likely started the massive fire.

Authorities believe a vehicle parked in the garage of one of the homes exploded.

Plus the start of the fire was another car in a garage? It exploded?

When does that ever happen?

1. Terrorism, we have a track record there.

2. Electric car battery (or hydrogen vapors) explosion?

I'll bet on 2.

39 posted on 04/10/2014 10:48:51 AM PDT by cicero2k
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To: areukiddingme1

Very funny. (It took me a minute) :-)

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40 posted on 04/10/2014 10:50:28 AM PDT by Mears
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To: I want the USA back

Of course he thinks he’s better than anybody else.
He’s a racist republican too.

People are easily led to class envy.
A little surprised to see it here.
(ftr, I’m with the FD)


41 posted on 04/10/2014 10:53:50 AM PDT by spankalib ("I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.")
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To: All; Anybody

Once they had broken the drivers window couldn’t they have released the parking brake, put it in neutral, and pushed it back getting it all the way out of the way?

Wouldn’t that have worked better than running a kinked hose through broken glass???


42 posted on 04/10/2014 10:57:35 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip
I've got a vague recollection of the same thing happening in the movie "Backdraft."
43 posted on 04/10/2014 11:08:34 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Uncle Chip

A former city municipal worker used to tell us about the local PD officers thought it would be OK to get a free car wash when the workers were clearing the lines or making sure the fire hydrants were in good working order.

One LEO moved in front of the hydrant at a low rate of speed. When he got back to the HQ, the entire right side of the squad car was smashed in to the reinforcements.


44 posted on 04/10/2014 11:08:43 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: Uncle Chip

I don’t think the transmission can be shifted into Neutral without the key in the ignition.


45 posted on 04/10/2014 11:14:23 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DuncanWaring

You’re right — I just checked my non-BMW and the key does have to be in the ignition — another drawback of newer vehicles.


46 posted on 04/10/2014 11:21:35 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

Not just newer vehicles, though it depend on how you define ‘newer’.

Every vehicle with a automatic transmission I’ve owned since 1970 needed the key to get it out of Park.


47 posted on 04/10/2014 11:46:23 AM PDT by chaosagent (Remember, no matter how you slice it, forbidden fruit still tastes the sweetest!)
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To: Uncle Chip

Would not be surprised if the owner gets sued by the fire victims as the car impeaded the FD from putting the fire out timly.


48 posted on 04/10/2014 12:16:08 PM PDT by ncfool (Taking back America 2016.)
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To: doorgunner69

You just called me out. I own a BMW as I would not buy a Gov motors car.


49 posted on 04/10/2014 12:18:38 PM PDT by ncfool (Taking back America 2016.)
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To: Daffynition
This guy paid $300K for a parking space in Back Bay....

when I lived on lower Comm Ave in the late 70's I paid 35.00 a month for my space in back of my building.

50 posted on 04/10/2014 12:24:29 PM PDT by AU72
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