A car stolen at knife-point hits a fire hydrant spraying water 100 feet into the air in a suburb of Los Angeles, California

Two homes in the El Sereno area of Los Angeles had to be evacuated after the black sedan hit a white truck and spun into the hydrant, shearing off the top.

Other residents found themselves trapped in their homes by the river of water which cascaded from the broken hydrant, flooding the surrounding streets.

Fire crews alongside officials from the Department of Food and Power had to battle for two hours to bring the geyser under control.