Fast Food Cup Takes Out Canada Pumper Truck

The Township of Langley Fire Department in British Columbia will be without its pumper truck for at least a week, but it's not due to damage from a collision or a rollover.


The Township of Langley Fire Department in British Columbia will be without its pumper truck for at least a week, but it's not due to damage from a collision or a rollover.

According to The Langley Times, it was an ordinary fast food drink cup filled with ice and water that sidelined the $650,000 1998 American LaFrance Eagle/Anderson fire truck.

Engine 4-1 was returning from a medical call on June 4 at approximately 10:50 p.m. and was a few blocks from fire hall No. 4 in Willoughby when a person in an oncoming vehicle tossed the cup directly at the truck.

Officials said the combined speed of the two vehicles was over 75 mph.

The three-person crew saw the headlights, and then heard the impact that shattered the windshield on both sides, sending glass down on them.

No one was injured, but it took them more than an hour to clean out the breathing apparatus stored inside the cab.

While one firefighter thought it was a rock at first, a search of the area located the cup.

"I don’t think it was malicious," District Chief Bryant Ross told the newspaper. "It was just a boneheaded move. What were they thinking?"

The cost of the repairs is expected to be in the thousands of dollars.

Police are currently investigating the incident.