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Boulders 'as big as people' crush car, force evacuation in S.F.

January 23, 2012 | 12:17 pm

Telegraph hill

Boulders “as big as people” rumbled down San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill early Monday, flattening a car and forcing the evacuation of a condominium complex.

The large rocks, apparently loosened by the weekend rain, fell near Lombard and Montgomery streets around 9:30 a.m., the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

“Telegraph Hill eats car,” a tweet from SF Beautiful proclaimed, one in a flurry of Twitter messages on the slide.

“Boulders as big as people,” another observed.

Some of the boulder were as large as 5 feet across, said Jon Golinger, head of the Telegraph Hill Dwellers Assn., a neighborhood group.

A multistory condo complex on Chestnut Street next to the hill was evacuated while engineers from the city determined if any more boulders could become dislodged, the Chronicle reported.

The car that was crushed was apparently owned by a security guard for the complex. "It is unfortunate he lost his car, but it sounds like he protected this building," said Golinger, putting a positive spin on things.

"If the car hadn't been there, the rocks might have rammed the first unit of the building."


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Photo: San Francisco's Telegraph Hill. Credit: Dave Getzschman / For The Times