Sheffield water leak: Mystery as unknown man 'fully opens' hydrant in High Green causing massive mains leak

A Sheffield neighbourhood is flooded today after an unknown person ‘fully opened’ a fire hydrant causing water to shoot 15ft into the air.

By alastair ulke
Friday, 20th May 2022, 4:28 pm

Residents on Kinsey Road, High Green, were baffled today (May 20) as they stepped outside to find a mains pipe gushing onto the street.

The leak reportedly began around 11.30am.

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An unknown man reportedly opened a fire hydrant on Kinsey Road, High Green, causing a massive water leak.

Photos show how the street was quickly flooded, with one resident saying a police car even arrived on scene.

Now, Yorkshire Water says the leak was caused by an unknown person “fully opening” a fire hydrant.A spokesperson said: “One of our technicians visited this morning after we were alerted to water gushing down the street.

"When we got there, we found that the hydrant was fully open and we’re not sure how this has happened.

"We quickly closed the hydrant and got everything back to normal.”

Photos show how water from the leak gushed up to 15 feet into the air.

Meanwhile, a resident told The Star how the leak was started by a man who got out of a van, opened the hydrant and drove off.

The resident – who asked not to be named – said they recognised the van as belonging to a water company, but could not be sure which one.

The spokesperson for Yorkshire Water added: “We’d like to remind everyone not to attempt to interfere with hydrants as this is a unnecessary waste of water and could pose a significant risk if they’re damaged as the fire service need to use them in emergencies.”

Hydrants in England are indicated by square yellow ‘H’ markers found along streets.

The leak quickly caused the street to flood. A police car reportedly arrived on scene.
Commons license image of a fire hydrant in England.