Man cited for tampering with fire hydrant in Montpelier

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MONTPELIER — A local resident was cited for tampering with a fire hydrant in Montpelier on Saturday.

Authorities say they were notified of several reports of a fire hydrant actively flowing water at the corner of Elm and Court Streets at around 10:00 p.m.

Police found the outlet of the fire hydrant actively discharging water into the road.

Personnel from the Montpelier Water Department initiated an after-hours response and shut off the fire hydrant.

With the assistance of a witness, who took cell phone photographs as this incident was occurring, police say they learned the fire hydrant had been unlawfully tampered with by two individuals.

Following an investigation, police were able to identify both.

Yesterday, police located Andrew Keane, 24, of Montpelier, on Main Street and questioned him about this incident.

Keane admitted to opening the fire hydrant and was cited to appear in court on June 8 to answer to this offense.

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