This Is What Happens When You Park In Front Of A Hydrant

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A BMW's windows got smashed.

It's one of the most obvious parking laws in existence: never park your vehicle in front of a fire hydrant. The consequences for doing so could include getting a ticket, being towed, or, in this case, the car's windows end up getting smashed.

According to the New York Post, a 2005 BMW 5 Series was parked directly in front of a New York City fire hydrant when Bronx firefighters were called to the scene of a blaze in the middle of the night this past Friday. The three-story building was in flames when emergency services arrived and they immediately got to work. Except there was one problem. The BMW was parked exactly where it shouldn't have been and firefighters had no time to call a tow truck. Even attempting to haul it away on their own would have been a complete waste of time.

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Instead, they did the fastest and easiest thing by smashing the front-side windows on the driver and passenger side. They then routed the fire hose directly through the sedan and, in doing so, the hose rested on the leather upholstery. "They f-k up my car and it is going to cost me a bag of money," the car's owner said later in the day Friday. "I am stressed."

For the time being, he placed black garbage bags where the glass windows used to be. No other windows were damaged, including the windshield. However, a ticket was placed under the windshield wiper for the illegal parking job.

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That alone will set him back around $180, not including the money he'll have to pay out of pocket to replace the windows. It turns out the BMW had been parked there for four days because the battery died on the keyless remote. Most importantly, no one was seriously hurt in the blaze, which took the firefighters two hours to get under control.

Meanwhile, the FDNY had no comment on actions taken by these firefighters. They did what they had to do, plain and simple.

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Source Credits: New York Post

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