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Hottest day of the year: Warning after fire hydrant turned on in Belfast

By Claire Williamson

Northern Ireland's hottest day of the year so far caused some to go to extreme lengths to cool down as they turned on a fire hydrant in Belfast - prompting a warning from NI Water.

On Tuesday temperatures soared to 29C in parts of the country.

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Flooding was caused in the Laganbank Road area at the back of the Waterfront Hall in Belfast due to a fire hydrant being turned on.

NI Water said a team was dispatched to repair the damage and restore the hydrant.

A spokesman issued a warning saying that it can have "serious implications" for customers.

NI Water said in a statement: "Some may regard this activity as ‘harmless fun’ on a warm day, but fire hydrant abuse can have serious implications for customers, who may be left with low or zero water pressure, or – even worse – the Fire Service may find that water pressure is insufficient to deal with a fire.

"We would appeal to local community leaders and political representatives who have supported us in the past to continue to do so, and we would encourage the whole community to take a stand against fire hydrant abuse, which has the potential to cause so much damage.  Vandalism should be reported to the PSNI or to Waterline on 03457 440088.

"Fire hydrant abuse is an offence under Article 236 of the 2006 Water and Sewerage Services Order, and carries a fine of up to £2,500. In addition, if the hydrant is damaged in any way, then this constitutes a separate offence of Criminal Damage for which the maximum penalty is a fine of £5,000 and/or a prison sentence of up to two years."

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