A street in a western German town turned into a scene out of the fantasy film “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” this week when a river of chocolate came oozing out of a nearby factory, smothering the road.
The Candy Land-esque spill from the DreiMeister chocolate factory in Westoennen happened late Monday due to a “small technical defect” involving a storage tank at the factory, German newspaper “Soester Anzeiger” reported.
After the 2,000 pounds of milk chocolate hit the cold pavement, it quickly hardened, creating an unusual problem that local firefighters had to tackle.
The street was closed off as roughly 25 firefighters worked to shovel off the candy coating, at times using hot water. A special cleaning company was then brought in to finish the job.
DreiMeister boss Markus Luckey told the German news outlet that the factory would be up and running Wednesday. Luckey noted that had the spill happened closer to Christmas, it “would have been a catastrophe.”
The local fire department added: “Despite this heartbreaking incident, it is unlikely that a chocolate-free Christmas is imminent in Werl.”
Source: NY Post