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25 Firefighters Had to Clean up a 108-Square-Foot 'Chocolate Pancake' After It Leaked From a German Factory

Dec. 13, 2018
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25 Firefighters Had to Clean up a 108-Square-Foot 'Chocolate Pancake' After It Leaked From a German Factory
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Someone better call up Augustus Gloop. In what looks like a scene out of "Willy Wonka" gone wrong, 25 firefighters were called in to clean up a massive chocolate spill in the town of Westoennen, Germany.

At around 8pm Monday, liquid chocolate began to pour out of the DreiMeister chocolate factory in the Werl suburb. Due to the chilly temperatures in Germany this time of year, it froze and created a "ten-square-meter choco-pancake," according to the fire department. The statement also urged chocolate lovers to "stay strong" before reading further — they take their chocolate very seriously around here.

So much so, in fact, that the incident could have "been a catastrophe" had it happened closer to Christmas, said the Washington Post. They reassured residents that a chocolate-free Christmas from the "heartbreaking incident" was "highly unlikely."

The streets were closed for about two hours while firefighters cleaned up the mess with shovels and muscle power — oh, and plenty of warm water.

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