It’s winter in California and the streets in Santa Clara are all in a white blanket. But hey, that’s not snow.
A fire alarm in an airport hangar in the US state reportedly malfunctioned and the fire retardant foam began to fill the street in Santa Clara to Mineta San Jose International Airport just on Friday, according to San Jose Police.
The release of the fire retardant, technically an “aqueous film-forming foam”, has now flooded the streets, setting scenes of freezing winters, minus the chill.
“It feels like soap,” said one man caught up in the spectacle.
Images show the foam being blown by the wind and has settled on roofs, windows and even engulfed cars.
Cleanup of the foam began by mid-afternoon on Friday but Santa Clara police said the “massive operation” would likely take several hours, USA Today reported.
Police set up a roadblock to keep people from driving or walking through the fire retardant foam.
The public has been warned not to touch the foam as it is a skin irritant, the BBC reported.
Although the foam was not dangerous, assembled onlookers have been warned against coming in contact with the foam.