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NJ Car Owner Gets Costly Lesson on Parking in Front of Fire Hydrant

The Hamilton Township Professional Firefighters wrote in a post that they responded to a house fire early Thursday, but there was a car blocking the fire hydrant they needed to use

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    Don't park in front of a fire hydrant. Seriously. And not just because it's illegal.

    A New Jersey fire department posted a photo to its Facebook page of a sedan with its windows smashed, a large hose running straight through the car, with a simple message: "This is what happens when you park in front of a hydrant."

    The Hamilton Township Professional Firefighters wrote in their post that they responded to a house fire early Thursday on Norway Avenue in the Bromley section, and flames were spewing from the top floor when they arrived. But there was a car blocking the fire hydrant they needed to use. 

    So they went through the car -- literally. Firefighters punched out the windows and threaded the hose through the car. 

    "Reminder, it is against the law to park in front of a fire hydrant," the department added in its post, which was shared more than a 1,000 times by Friday afternoon.

    The fire was under control quickly and no one was hurt -- except the car, whose owner now faces a ticket for the parking illegality and a whole lot of other damage-related costs.