Heated bull semen blows lids off containers, sends firefighters into ‘defensive mode’ during massive blaze
Heated bull semen launched dangerous projectiles in every direction during an early morning inferno that caused firefighters to take cover at an Australian cattle-breeding facility Tuesday.
“The liquid inside the cylinders was rapidly expanding and essentially the lids of the cryogenic cylinders were just popping off the top and projectiles were being thrown from the building,” fire chief Chris Loeschenkohl told ABC News down under.
All hell broke loose at a 2,700 square foot Yarram Herd Services facility in southeast Australia, where first responders reportedly took more than two hours to tame a raging fire that destroyed 100 cryogenic cylinders full of bull sperm. WIN News in Gippsland, Australia, reports that it’s unclear what caused the 3 a.m. blaze.
“Firefighters went into a defensive mode initially to protect themselves,” said Loeschenkohl of the 10 fire crews that came out to battle the flames and duck projectiles.
The sticky situation was new to Loeschenkohl, who said he’s never dealt with a fire fueled by bull semen. He also told ABC “a couple of other flammable liquid cylinders stored within the building” also launched debris into the air.
The semen cylinders themselves are reportedly worth up to $1,000 each. The value of their contents varies.
“It’s going to be a real blow for sure,” said Yarram Herd Services chairman Aaron Thomas, noting that area farmers rely on artificial insemination to keep their businesses moving.