When you live in a populated city like Los Angeles or New York, it can be impossible to find a parking spot. The second you find a free spot, you drive up and realize why nobody has parked there – there’s a fire hydrant present. Everybody knows that you’re not allowed to park next to a hydrant, but that didn’t stop these people from breaking the law. As a result, they paid the price for their mindless decision.
If you’re still confused as to why it’s prohibited, it basically has to do with accessing the water from these connection points. If there is a massive fire in the area, firefighters need to be able to connect their hose to the hydrant and if there’s a car in the way, it makes their job more difficult than it already is. At this point you’re probably thinking, “Well can’t the hose just go AROUND the car?”
And the short answer to that question is: no. If the hose has a kink in it then the water pressure reduces drastically. Firefighters need to do their jobs effectively and efficiently, and if that means smashing your car windows for a kinkless hose then so be it. There isn’t a technical term for this procedure, but CNN has unofficially called this “hosing.”