Illegal Tapping Of Fire Hydrants On The Rise In Detroit
This Thursday, July 21, 2011 photo shows Makenzie McIntyre, 8, screaming from the force of the water from a fire hydrant near the Boys and Girls Club in Bowling Green, Ky. "It feels like rockets are hitting me," Makenzie yelled. Bowling Green Municipal Utilities opened the hydrant for the children from the club to cool off and play. (AP Photo/Daily News, Miranda Pederson)
DETROIT--Anthony Benning opened his first fire hydrant when he was 7. With a few turns of a wrench on a hot day, he could turn a Detroit street into a water park.
"The first person I saw open up a fire hydrant was this guy down the street," said Benning, now 20. "And after I saw him do it, it was so easy that he taught us. Pretty soon after, me and my brother started saying, 'Hey, can we borrow the monkey wrench?'"