Brookline Boulevard Independance Day - 1966

Children playing in fire hydrant - July 4, 1966

Children at the annual Brookline Independance Day Parade on July 4, 1966, were treated to unscheduled surprise when an Army missile truck, all shiny and bright, scored a direct hit on a fire hydrant at the corner of Brookline Boulevard and Pioneer Avenue. Matthew Kail, 11, and his brother, Philip, 10, of 705 Brookline Boulevard, quickly changed from their parade watching gear to bathing suits as they get to the bottom of the break.

Children playing in fire hydrant - July 4, 1966    Children playing in fire hydrant - July 4, 1966

The Brothers Kail are swept into the street by gushing water (left) as Matthew (right) hopes the repair crew never shows up. But workmen did arrive a short time later to put an end to the fun for the boys. As for the parade, it continued on to its Moore Park destination, where the community was treated to a day for of picnicking, ball games, contests, swimming, refreshments and finally, the yearly fireworks display.

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* Photo from the Pittsburgh Press - July 5, 1966 *

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