Officials: Fire hydrant locks putting residents in danger

The water company said the step was taken due to water theft; the padlocks resulted in a significant delay in putting out one fire.


LAVON, Texas — An effort to protect a town’s water has gone way too far, that according to both an area fire and police chief. The leaders fear people in the city of Lavon may not be safe, after the water company locked nearly every fire hydrant in town.

Fire hydrants in Lavon look pretty ordinary at first glance — then you see something unusual on top. Padlocks have been put on all the emergency water sources.

Mayor Charles Teske Jr. has authorized firefighters to use bolt cutters to remove the locks put on the hydrants as a result of a dispute with the water company. Fire Chief Jon Scott had to try several keys before finally finding the right one to open the lock on a fire hydrant outside Lavon’s city hall. Firefighters called to a scene won’t have the luxury of time.

Full story: City Leaders: Fire Hydrant Locks Are Putting Residents In Danger

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