Very tragically, a bull semen storage facility exploded in Gippsland, Australia, after it caught on fire early Tuesday morning. Country Fire Authority Gippsland commander Chris Loeschenkohl explained to ABC News that the build was pretty much destroyed by the semen itself, which became explosive in the heat, and could not be contained.
“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,” said Loeschenkohl.
Fire investigators on scene following a blaze that completely destroyed the Yarram Herd Services building last night. Cause of the fire is still being investigated. More on @WINNews_Gip #gippsnews pic.twitter.com/Kyx1X2phV6— Bonnie Barkmeyer (@BonnieBarkmeyer) September 17, 2019
“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.”
This was obviously a very dangerous situation. Bull semen exploding in a fireman’s face is no laughing matter. It was also a serious situation for farmers who have lost money on their stored semen cylinders, which can be worth as much as $600 a pop. It’s a genuinely sad situation for the people experiencing financial losses.
But did the Internet have mercy? No it did not.
Massive semen explosion after blaze hits bull artificial insemination facility, firefighters forced to dodge "projectiles" https://t.co/5CQmbBjelW— Newsweek (@Newsweek) September 17, 2019
For some reason, a story about semen projectiles blasting through the walls of a building caused some giggling on Twitter:
Come again? https://t.co/LpWdLSIunw— J.E. Skeets (@jeskeets) September 17, 2019
the matrix reboot looks great https://t.co/HfORNacUT9— unlicensed professional (@KrangTNelson) September 17, 2019
Thank you for your concern, but everyone at the Scruff office is doing fine. https://t.co/oyATsL35NQ— Gabe Gonzalez (@gaybonez) September 17, 2019
Going to need a cumbrella. Thanks. https://t.co/FW18IKY2se— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) September 17, 2019
Found the plot of the next Michael Bay movie https://t.co/riYiyfKSlL— Scott Wampler™ (@ScottWamplerBMD) September 17, 2019
This tweet is just— Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) September 17, 2019
the jizz-st of the story https://t.co/h4nz5wdEEN
Huge blow to farmers who have to come up with an alternative after losing the whole load https://t.co/G8i3Ue2B0m— Dusty (@DustinGiebel) September 17, 2019
I…— Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) September 17, 2019
Sometimes there’s just too many ways to make a joke about something and you just can’t even focus on one. https://t.co/wEBcelf7Ne
Must be nice https://t.co/mUzfrpaYoT— Christine Nangle (@nanglish) September 17, 2019
(•_•)— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) September 17, 2019
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I was wondering how they were going to make a third season of Chernobyl. https://t.co/sD4plPsP84— Mike Morrison 🏳️🌈 (@mikesbloggity) September 17, 2019
I find this hard to swallow etc etc https://t.co/SvRG0vrW0R— David Whitley (@mrdavidwhitley) September 17, 2019
A seminal moment, if you will https://t.co/0Y7kHb30pY— Amanda Mancino-Williams (@Manda_like_wine) September 17, 2019
— Chloe Luv (@ChloeLuv_PSO) September 17, 2019
You should all be ashamed of yourselves. Think of the poor farmers, having to work overtime in the bull pen this weekend to recoup their losses.