Saturday, September 27, 2008

An exploding custard truck???

Ye Gods and little fishes.

A lorry driver has been forced to flee after the 60,000 tins of custard and rice pudding he was transporting began to explode.

The cans of dessert exploded "like fireworks" after the a blaze broke out on his HGV.

The driver was unaware that his lorry, carrying 26 tonnes of Ambrosia custard and rice pudding to a local supermarket, was on fire and motorists were forced to flag him down.

He eventually stopped on the A382 in Chagford, Devon, and fled the truck seconds before 60,000 cans began exploding "like thousands of gunshots".

Fire crews raced to the blaze but the desserts were too well alight and the whole lorry was consumed in just 20 minutes.

Eyewitness Jill Pendleton, who runs a holiday booking company, captured the spectacle on her camera.

She said: "The first we knew about it was a whiff of smoke and burning sugar and then suddenly it just erupted.

"It was incredible how quickly the fire caught hold - the whole thing was over in less than 20 minutes.

"When the heat reached the tins they started to explode and we could hear what sounded like thousands of gunshots. It was quite a fireworks display.

A spokesman for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said the road was closed for six hours while debris was cleared.

He said: "On arrival the crews found the lorry carrying rice pudding to be well alight on the highway. The incident was believed to be accidental."

Well, what can one say about this?

  • I'm glad the emergency services were able to rice to the occasion.
  • I guess the custard couldn't cut the mustard.
  • There was a hot time in the old truck tonight!
  • Talk about getting one's just desserts . . .
  • At least he wasn't carrying 26 tons of spotted dick!

Go on, add your own rude remarks in Comments!



Anonymous said...

Well after all, they've said for years that too much sugar IS bad for your health!

phlegmfatale said...

Ah, you're really pudding us on the spot, Peter. Indeed, a lorryful of spotted dick would have taken the cake.

Peter (NOGH) said...

Good Lord! Beyond trying to make some humorous observation that cites Custard's Last Stand, I've got nothing.

How about another penis shaped iceburg? I did OK with that one.


Brigid said...

Good thing it wasn't cans of Princes Corned Beef or when they exploded they would have had a meatier shower.

easily lost said...

grabs the burgers and dogs, looks like they have dessert taken care of.

Anonymous said...

Anyone else have an urge to watch the Dangermouse episode about the custard mite of glut?

phlegmfatale said...

brigid totally wins. Meatier shower elicited my loudest laugh in yonks. Well done, bridge!