Unfortunately, you just can't train a firefighter for EVERY possible scenario:
Firefighters were called to a semitrailer crash site on I-80 in Wyoming that turned out to be anything but routine. In addition to the fire being intensely hot, fire crews found themselves under attack from...flying corks.
The semitrailer was carrying a load of wine, bottled and ready for sale. The fire was so hot that it burned the trailer down to its axles, melted the tires and damaged about 75 feet of pavement. Apparently, full and corked bottles of wine do not like intense heat, and they exploded. The result was a hail of corks shot out at emergency crews.
Wyoming Highway Patrol Lt. Scott Keane said."The corks were popping out of the bottles like the old Jiffy Pop we grew up with.My trooper got hit in the arm with one."
The driver of the semi escaped the fire unharmed.
Theresa Herbin, public relations specialist for the Wyoming Department of Transportation, said the wines — various bottles of merlot, pinot noir, reisling and sparkling wine from Washington and Oregon — have retail value of $20 to $50 each. The total value of the loss was not available.
"There's nothing left of the cab or trailer," Herbin said. "There were a few bottles that didn't explode," but they vanished overnight.
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