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Oops! Fire alarm malfunction turns San Jose Airport into foamy mess

It took cleanup crews at least eight hours to cleaned up the frothy chemical.

By: Trends Desk | Kolkata | Updated: November 19, 2016 10:50 pm
san jose, san jose airpolrt, san jose foam airport, san jose airport foam, foam spilled California, california airport foam, world news, latest news, indian express In this image provided courtesy of KTVU-TV, foam spills out of a hanger building at the Mineta San Jose International Airport, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. (Source: KTVU-TV via AP)

In a bizarre incident the San Jose International Airport in California turned white, but the reason was not snow. Though the frosty pictures may suggest otherwise it was nothing but chemical foam. On Friday (November 18) a hanger building at the airport spilled out overflowing foam that is usually used to control fire in emergency situation.

Images released by security cameras show the foam spilling out of a hanger building at the Mineta San Jose International Airport that not only eclipsed large part of the airport but also nearby street. According to an AP report, “the San Jose fire department said a malfunction of the new hangar’s fire prevention system caused the flooding foam.”

Several reports confirmed that the scale of the spilled foam was enormous and was several feet deep in various spots “covering cars and blocking businesses” in the locality.

A man walks through chemical foam used as a fire retardant that spilled out at the back side of San Jose International Airport in San Jose, Calif., Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. A bobbing sea of white foam several feet deep in spots spewed out of a large hangar at the airport, covering cars and blocking businesses as it cascaded onto a nearby street. (Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group via AP) A man walks through chemical foam used as a fire retardant that spilled out at the back side of San Jose International Airport in San Jose. (Source: AP)

The USA Today reported that it took several hours before the authorities could cleare the frothy mess. “It took cleanup crews at least eight hours to get the foamy mess cleaned up. Much of the foam was gone as of about 8:40 pm Friday.”

Police department had a tough time stopping vehicular traffic in the affected areas. “Police set up a roadblock to keep people from driving, biking or walking through the fire retardant phone, though they were not entirely successful when it came to bikes,” the report added.

People seemed to quite enjoy the white-blob and many attempted crazy stunts. However, the public were warned not to touch the foam as it is a skin irritant. But that certainly did deter the selfie clicking crowd or the bikers.