Cheese Fire Closes Norway Tunnel—for Days

Truck was carrying caramelized goat cheese
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2013 2:43 AM CST
Updated Jan 23, 2013 3:43 AM CST
Cheese Fire Closes Norway Road Tunnel
"I didn't know that brown cheese burns so well," a Norwegian transport official says.   (Wikipedia/Maebmij)

(Newser) – Motorists trying to use a road tunnel in Norway's far north have had their way blocked by 27 metric tons of burning goat cheese for nearly a week, the BBC reports. A truck driver abandoned his load of brunost, a highly caramelized brown cheese, after noticing it was on fire. That fire lasted five days and toxic gases have kept the recovery effort at bay; the badly damaged tunnel could take weeks to repair. A Norwegian Public Roads Administration official says he can't remember a similar incident. "I didn't know that brown cheese burns so well," he says. (Read more strange stuff stories.)

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