Sunday 11 December 2016

Sea of foam cascades out of airport hangar

Published 19/11/2016 | 11:31

The foam spread from the airport into nearby streets
The foam spread from the airport into nearby streets

A bobbing sea of white foam several feet deep engulfed an airport in California, covering cars and blocking off nearby streets.

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Officials said the foam had spewed out of a large hangar at Mineta San Jose International Airport, where it is used as a fire retardant. The chemical had discharged accidentally from a storage unit inside the hanger, and quickly spread.

The flow left the nearby area looking like it had been hit by an unexpected heavy snowfall, with a wide area left under the white blanket.

Residents were urged to stay out of the foam, though video from the scene showed one man on a bicycle emerging from the fluffy mass. Authorities said the chemical was not dangerous.

The foam disappeared within a few hours.

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