Reminder to public: do not drive over fire hoses

Indianapolis firefighters are issuing a reminder to the public today that you should not drive over a water hose stretched across the street.

Drivers should turn around and find another route — and make that just a routine as not parking in front of a hydrant, pulling to the right to let emergency crews pass and having a working smoke alarm in your home, the Indianapolis Fire Department said.

The department released a video taken by a bystander of vehicles driving over a water hose, and the hose bursting, while firefighters battled a fire at a home on 42nd Street on Monday evening.

Drivers routinely drive over hoses, the fire department said.

On Monday, firefighters stopped the woman’s car and called for police. She drove off.

Replacing the hose due to the damage caused by a vehicle will cost about $500.

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Michele Holtkamp is editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2774.