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27th Sep 2008, 09:19
Torygraph: Exploding custard truck sends driver running (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/3086342/Exploding-custard-truck-sends-driver-running.html)

A lorry driver has been forced to flee after the 60,000 tins of custard and rice pudding he was transporting began to explode. The cans of dessert exploded "like fireworks" after the a blaze broke out on his HGV.

The driver was unaware that his lorry, carrying 26 tonnes of Ambrosia custard and rice pudding to a local supermarket, was on fire and motorists were forced to flag him down. He eventually stopped on the A382 in Chagford, Devon, and fled the truck seconds before 60,000 cans began exploding "like thousands of gunshots".

Fire crews raced to the blaze but the desserts were too well alight and the whole lorry was consumed in just 20 minutes.

Eyewitness Jill Pendleton, who runs a holiday booking company, captured the spectacle on her camera.

She said: "The first we knew about it was a whiff of smoke and burning sugar and then suddenly it just erupted. It was incredible how quickly the fire caught hold - the whole thing was over in less than 20 minutes. When the heat reached the tins they started to explode and we could hear what sounded like thousands of gunshots. It was quite a fireworks display. There were two huge explosions which we think were either the airbags or the diesel tanks. The fire crews got here very quickly but there wasn't much they could do as the contents had burned out. The driver seemed very shaken."

No-one was injured in the fire. Local delivery firm Thompsons, which owns the lorry, were unavailable for comment yesterday.

A spokesman for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said the road was closed for six hours while debris was cleared. He said: "On arrival the crews found the lorry carrying rice pudding to be well alight on the highway. The incident was believed to be accidental."


Formula for exploding custard, courtesy of Stephen Fry and QI:

C6H12O6(s)+6O2(g) --> 6CO2(g)+6H2O(g)

27th Sep 2008, 09:34
Just goes to show that folk shouldn't trifle with custard.

In the photo, there are no people. Was the scene totally desserted?

Background Noise
27th Sep 2008, 09:38
Did they find the sauce?

Arm out the window
27th Sep 2008, 09:43
Apparently it was all over in seconds!

Lon More
27th Sep 2008, 09:48
custard creamed?

27th Sep 2008, 09:51
In the photo, there are no people. Was the scene totally desserted? They kept them back in case of afters shocks.

Arm out the window
27th Sep 2008, 10:29
The journos were egging them on, pudding words in their mouths.

27th Sep 2008, 10:37
A clear lack of health and safety by the lorry's operators. I'm discustard.

27th Sep 2008, 10:52
Wot no-one in custardy?

Takan Inchovit
27th Sep 2008, 10:56
:uhoh: It's custards last stand all over again.

27th Sep 2008, 10:58
The scene was desert - ed ;)

27th Sep 2008, 10:59
Ah, the Baroness's favourite ...Creme Brulee

Richard Taylor
27th Sep 2008, 11:00
Must have been an instant explosion. Did the fire brigade just add water?

tony draper
27th Sep 2008, 11:10
Ambrosia Tinned Custard is spiffing, Happy Shopper Tinned Custard is shite, this is not some airy fairy philosophical argument it is a statement of plain fact.

27th Sep 2008, 11:40
Ambrosia - "food of the gods" - but can you imagine the smell? Burnt custard, combined with singed milk and fried/scorched rice, the firemen probably needed breathing apparatus. No wonder they had to close the road for six hours - must have taken that long to do the washing up afterwards, without a dishwasher!

27th Sep 2008, 11:47
And I thought it was a Goons' thread.:confused:

27th Sep 2008, 11:56
It is. Did you say something, Eccles?

27th Sep 2008, 12:10

The machine has ruled that I shall use more than three trillion, megabillion characters, or else nasty repercussions will ensue. And I'm a coward.

27th Sep 2008, 12:15
For goodness' sake don't tell Al Quaedoodle, or my larder will never be safe again.

It does sound a bit Goons, doesn't it - "The Exploding Custard Mystery".
Even to the "Don't do that, harm can come to a young lad like that."

27th Sep 2008, 12:26
Then I expose you as none other than Major Dennis Bloodnok (military idiot, coward and bar)! Late (very late) of the Thirty-Third Prancers (cashiered 1937) and currently retired "to spend more time with his family".

27th Sep 2008, 12:52
Wallace Greenslade is your man, unless I'm very much mistaken.

(Is this a hijack do you think?)

27th Sep 2008, 12:59
If the firemen just stood back and let it burn were they Cowdy Cowdy Custards?

Just asking!

27th Sep 2008, 13:01
It seems a bit drastic to set fire to the lorry, just because the driver does not like cols custard.

27th Sep 2008, 13:02
No skin off my custard either way:E

27th Sep 2008, 13:40
Oh well, easy come, e-sago....

27th Sep 2008, 14:34
The aftermath of operation Dessert Storm.

Krystal n chips
27th Sep 2008, 14:42
Well at least the custard got served up with pprunes....bum! bum !

tony draper
27th Sep 2008, 15:48
Ah yes Prunes an Custard wi the prune stones arranged round the edge of the dish,tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor,ect
One preferred Rhubarb an Custard.

Bravo Mike
27th Sep 2008, 15:56
By the look of the photo, not much of a traffic jam.

Richard Taylor
27th Sep 2008, 18:59
This thread's an (Angel) delight.

27th Sep 2008, 19:22
Henry blames in on Min! Little Jim was hiding behind BlueBottle.

B Fraser
27th Sep 2008, 20:32
If the firemen just stood back and let it burn were they Cowdy Cowdy Custards?

...instead of pudding it out.

Richard Taylor This thread's an (Angel) delight.

...... well spotted Dick.

Loose rivets
28th Sep 2008, 01:43
Then there was the PC who ran into his boss's office.

"Inspector, inspector. A lorry has crashed in the pouring rain, it was carrying 5 tonnes of custard powder. Another lorry crashed into it with a load of pudding mix...and then a jam lorry...then the cream lorry....etc etc"

And the Inspector says.........."Don't worry me with trifles." Boom boom