Semen Explosion Has Firefighters Dodging Projectiles
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.
Emergency services were called to the blaze in the early hours at Yarram Herd Services in Gippsland, Victoria.
At least 30 firefighters responded to the call, where heat from the fire caused containers to pressurize and burst open. The container lids and other debris flew through the air as firefighters dodged "projectiles," Country Fire Authority Gippsland Cmdr. Chris Loeschenkohl said
All hell broke loose at a 2,700 square foot Yarram Herd Services facility in south east 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.
According to ABC, it took 10 fire crews more than two hours to fully extinguish the fire after it broke out around 3 a.m. local time.
A spokesman from the Country Fire Authority told Daily Mail Australia that the fire had "completely shredded the building."
Country Fire Authority Gippsland commander Chris Loeschenkohl said the crew had to be wary of "projectiles" coming at them while they tackled the blaze.
"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," he told ABC.
"So firefighters went into a defensive mode initially to protect themselves, because there were also LPG cylinders at the neighboring property, and they did a magnificent job."
Loeschenkohl added that he has never had "anything to do with the artificial insemination (AI) side of things before" during his career.
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.