Friday, April 22, 2016
Caps getting copped by metal thieves
From CBS 2:
New Yorkers are growing concerned about caps on fire hydrants mysteriously disappearing.
State Sen. Tony Avella told CBS2’s Ali Bauman that fire hydrants in Queens are missing their caps and putting residents in danger.
“It’s almost like a ‘Hardy Boy’ mystery, the case of the missing fire hydrant caps,” Avella told CBS2.
Avella has been on the case since November, sending letters to the Department of Environmental Protection and the FDNY. He said the letters have gone unanswered and each day without a solution puts the Queens community in danger.
“The firefighters have a two or three minute delay hooking up the hose, somebody could die,” Avella said.
However, the DEP said it responds to any reports to 311 of missing fire hydrant caps and the FDNY inspects every fire hydrant in the city and replaces any missing cap.
Avella said he’s seen this all over the neighborhood. CBS2 counted at least five hydrants missing caps.