Whisky cargo goes up in flames on German highway Fri Feb 24, 9:44 AM ET
A shipment of Scotch whisky went up in flames on a highway in southern Germany when a tyre on the truck carrying it to Greece burst.
The 51-year-old British driver smelled burning and disconnected the trailer of the truck just before the tyre burst in the early hours of the morning.
The whisky bottles broke and the highly flammable liquid caught fire, giving off a cloud of smoke and a strong odour of drink.
"The air smelled strongly of whisky and the flames could be seen from far away," a policeman in the southern city of Nuremberg said.
The damage is estimated at about 200,000 euros (240,000 dollars).
the radio news for the area said that the brakes of the trailer got stuck and overheated. They set the whole trailer on fire and that is enough heat to burst the bottles and the resulting fumes of alcohol burn no matter how high the abv.
They did not state what kind of whisky it was.
NÜRNBERG: Ein mit Whisky beladener Lkw ist am Autobahnkreuz Nürnberg-Ost ausgebrannt. Der Fahrer war auf der A6 von Pilsen kommend in Richtung München abgebogen, als er Rauch an seinem Fahrzeug bemerkte. Heißgelaufene Bremsen hatten den Anhänger in Brand gesetzt.
The truck came from Pilsen, Tschek Republic? That is not the most direct way from Scotland to Greece I`d say.
Muskrat Portage wrote:Y'know, sometimes the Germans have a problem and burn whisky rather than drink it. No offense meant Bernie. They bombed at least one distillery during the last Great Unpleasantness. (By mistake I understand) ... and bombed the pub in Plaxtol, Kent. Musky P.
Shhhhh....Don't mention the war!
Anyway, I'm wondering if they were still required to pay tax on the destroyed stock as it was already bottled and being shipped.
me too do not want to talk about the ugly 1000 years between 1933 and 1945. I heard that there were fireworks over Germany as well, now and then. No need to be hush hush about those sad years. And no doubt about who started this one. But let us be happy an merry that it did not last 1000 years. Slainte.
Elliot wrote:Anyway, I'm wondering if they were still required to pay tax on the destroyed stock as it was already bottled and being shipped.
That would depend if the whisky was still "under bond". If so, the tax was to be paid by the importer before the whisky were being sold.
In that case I would guess that there is no tax to be paid on the lost truckload.
Elliot wrote:Shhhhh....Don't mention the war!
And wasn't it Basil Fawlty as well who gave us these immortal lines: “Oh German! I thought there was something wrong with you.” One of my favourites!
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