Golden Globes: Sprinkler Floods Red Carpet – ‘It Smells Like a Wet Dog’

Stars, bring your galoshes — that carpet looks like it’s gonna be soggy

Last Updated: July 10, 2014 @ 7:23 PM

A fire sprinkler went off off outside the Beverly Hilton midday Sunday, spraying untold gallons of water and turning the Golden Globes red carpet into a big, wet mess.

Though the stars hadn’t yet begun to arrive when the water started gushing just after noon, several journalists and a few other folks who had already checked in at the event tweeted photos and other details from the soggy scene.

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Among them was Fandango chief correspondent Dave Karger, who tweeted this image of the “red sea”:

IMDB managing editor Keith Simonton, who’d been tweeting from the venue since Sunday morning, said the cause was a light that was set up too close to a sprinkler head, triggering the gusher.

An hour or so later, the Beverly Hilton, HFPA and dick clark productions issued the following statement:

“We can confirm that there was a malfunction with a sprinkler near the red carpet. The situation was quickly resolved. Despite the incident the red carpet will open at its regularly scheduled time. As some of the biggest names in entertainment are scheduled to attend Golden Globe Awards tonight, we wanted to give the carpet one last wash before it opened.”

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“House of Cards” screenwriter Beau Willimon got this shot of the cleanup efforts at about 1:30 p.m.:

By 2: 30, with stars due to arrive in about an hour, squeegies and vacuum cleaners were still in full employ.

Though the water wasn’t expected to pose a problem, it definitely posed an unpleasant aroma.

One carpet-walker toldĀ TheWrap: “It smells like a wet dog.”