More than 50 people were without power for several hours Thursday after a car collision sheared a fire hydrant and triggered an explosion in a busy Hollywood intersection.
Streets were blocked off near the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Highland Avenue after a driver crashed into a fire hydrant just before 7 a.m.
Firefighters and the Department of Water and Power helped clear up the hazard after water sprayed up into the air, causing an explosion after high-voltage power lines crossed.
The driver of the vehicle, Shynell Blanson, said her brakes went out before the collision.
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"It was either go into the oncoming traffic that probably would have killed me or turned to the fire hydrant, and I chose to turn into the fire hydrant," said Blanson.
DWP crews worked to repair the hydrant and the downed power lines for several hours.
No injuries were reported.