Geyser erupts in Qualcomm parking lot

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SORRENTO VALLEY, Calif. — A car plowed into a fire hydrant in a Sorrento Valley parking lot early Tuesday, sending water shooting more than two stories into the air for about a half-hour, authorities said.

Broken Hydrant at Qualcomm BuildingThe noninjury crash at the Qualcomm building at 5717 Pacific Center Blvd. was reported at 6:11 a.m., according to a San Diego fire-rescue dispatcher. Water crews turned off the water about a half-hour later, she said.

Aerial views of the property from the Skyfox news helicopter showed the water shooting out of the sheared hydrant surpassed the top of the two-story Qualcomm building.

The water formed a pool of of standing water about six inches deep in the parking lot.