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Large water spout erupts on Beverly Hills street


Morning commuters had a cityside version of Old Faithful on Thursday near the intersection of Wilshire and Robertson boulevards in Beverly Hills.

Water was shooting higher than nearby buildings. Workers in head-to-toe orange rain gear were working to stop the flow.

Traffic was still able to get through although the commute was slow and soggy.

A Department of Water and Power spokesperson was trying to track down information on the source of the problem.

As of 10:40 Thursday, the gusher had been capped. There was no apparent flooding.


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Photo: Water spout at Wilshire and Robertson boulevards. Credit: Maeve Reston / Los Angeles Times

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Um, technically, isn't a "water spout" a type of tornado that only occurs over open water?

I'm guessing the Beverly Hills event could be more accurately described as a "water gusher" or something like that.

This is not a water spout, which a tornado over water.

Isn't a waterspout a tornado over a body of water, that results in a columnar vortex of water? This is more akin to a geyser.

Ummm, a "water spout" is a tornado over water, not a ruptured water line.

oh fountain on the streets.........nice for a pix shot

But, if the bi-line said "fire hydrant ruptured in Beverly Hills" no one would care!!

Yes, a water spout is all those things, but isn't anyone curious as to what caused this to happen? Why no update yet?


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