A two-car collision at Grant Avenue and El Camino Real shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday sent one car careening into a fire hydrant, creating a mini-geyser that attracted spectators, fire, police and utilities crews to the scene.
Fire crews were able, under a Utilities Department worker's guidance, to cap off the 8-foot-tall geyser about 7:45 p.m., to the applause of a crowd of a dozen or more onlookers.
There were no serious injuries reported. Both vehicles had extensive damage and required towing away, and the hydrant was broken off just below ground level.
Water gushing from the pipeline flooded several blocks of El Camino and all the way down Grant to Birch Street.