Foam Party! Fire-Suppressing Suds Fill Hangar At YYZ

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A malfunctioning fire-suppression system caused a foamy mess on Saturday morning inside - and outside - a hangar at Pearson International Airport.


Police say a foam machine started pumping out fire-suppressing foam at 0840 hrs. By the time it was finished, the fluffy bubbles were stacked as high as 6 metres. Police say the suds also spilled out of the hangar and covered an area the size of 2 to 3 football fields.


"It's quite a scene when it starts blowing around," said Cost. Rachel Gibbs of Peel Regional Police.


Crews were busy cleaning up the mess all morning. They were also hoping for a little help from Mother Nature. "They're going to be trying to vacuum some of the foam," Gibbs said. "And apparently water will also suppress the foam, so if it rains that will be beneficial."


The foam is made up of 98% water, with a 2% chemical solution. A subsequent rainy weekend has dispersed all the exterior suds, while vacuums were no doubt working overtime inside the hangar.

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