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.
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.
— NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) November 18, 2016
— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) November 18, 2016
— Raven*H⚓️U*Wolf (@RavenHUWolf) November 18, 2016
Man takes epic ride through massive foam blob: ‘Someone had to do it’ – SFGate https://t.co/wf1GCkVsVa
— Marie Taylor (@Marie____Taylor) November 18, 2016
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.