Goat cheese fire
Norway goat cheese fire closes tunnel
A road tunnel in Norway has been closed - by a lorry-load of burning cheese.
It was a load of Brunost, similar to the geitost we buy in the USA.
Police officer Viggo Berg said the high concentration of fat and sugar in the cheese made it burn "almost like petrol if it gets hot enough".
wow. That had to be really, really pungent, too.
Too bad about the cheese, though.
(how, exactly, does one manage to ignite a truckload of cheese, I wonder?)
When Spilled Food Makes A Huge Mess (In A Tunnel Or On A Road)
Chobani Greek yogurt spill in NY
pancake syrup spill on I75
a Marmite crash in the UK
and of course the Boston molasses flood
re: Ruth Lafler
I still remember the mess about 30 years ago in Tampa -- a milk truck and a beer truck collided in a major interchange-- beer and milk several inches deep on the road -- snarled traffic for most of the day.
Back to the article -- it said that the fumes kept firefighters from dealing with the fire for a couple of days.
(I'm still trying to figure out how a a damp, cool dairy product managed to ignite in the first place - that's not really a flammable material...*sustain* combustion, yes, but not easy to set off.)