Firefighters tried to shut off the geyser for more than two hours. It eventually ended up soaking homes and flooding an entire Los Angeles neighborhood.
Investigators say that a man stole a car at knifepoint, and then struck two vehicles. After hitting the second vehicle, a van, the driver drove up the curb and knocked over a fire hydrant, which started the geyser.
In all, three homes were damaged, and one family had to be evacuated and spend the night in a Red Cross hotel.