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Police arrest 5 youths in opening of hydrants

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BOUNTIFUL — Police have arrested five juveniles they believe were responsible for opening three fire hydrants that poured out an estimated 1.5 million gallons of water and washed out part of a road.

The five juveniles were arrested after Bountiful police detectives received information from residents, according to a Bountiful Police Department news release. The juveniles were arrested and referred to juvenile court for felony criminal mischief, the release stated.

The three hydrants, located along the city's east bench, were opened around midnight Friday, police say. Two were quickly discovered and closed, but one, at Devonshire and Bountiful Boulevard, was not discovered until a call came in just before 6 a.m., Friday, the release stated. The constant water flow from the hydrant created a 15-foot-deep, 50-yard-long trench and washed away much of the street, curb and sidewalk.

The hydrant poured out an estimated 1.5 million gallons of water and caused an estimated $250,000 in damage, police say.

The basement of a nearby home was filled with mud and water and a small army of volunteers helped the homeowner clear it away.

City officials have been working to restore the water supply and are asking residents in the area to use as little water as possible.

"The impact is unknown until we have a situation," said Bountiful Deputy Fire Chief Michael Barfuss.

A 20-acre brush fire did burn in the hills one mile southeast of the area affected by the opened hydrants, but the lost water did not affect firefighters' efforts, according to South Davis fire officials.

A helicopter took water from a pond at a nearby golf course to help control the small blaze, South Davis fire officials said.