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Residents in Philadelphia filled a dumpster with water and jumped in, prompting city officials to tell them not to do that again. (Photo: @rdorothyp via Instagram)

Residents in Philadelphia filled a dumpster with water and jumped in, prompting city officials to tell them not to do that again. (Photo: @rdorothyp via Instagram)

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia is urging its residents not to swim in dumpsters, after a rented trash bin was filled with fire hydrant water and transformed into a pool during a weekend block party.

News site Billy Penn first reported the shenanigans at the Cedar Street Block Party. The party’s co-organizers told the site they power-washed the dumpster, lined the bottom with plywood and tarps and cushioned the corners with pool noodles.

However, filling it with hydrant water caused the biggest issue with the city.

The Department of Licenses and Inspections issued a statement saying the city won’t issue permits for block party dumpster pools.

Spokeswoman Karen Guss adds “you would think this decision would not require an explanation.”

Among the reasons: It takes water that should be available in the event of a fire.

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