Last updated: 12:00 PM ET, Tue September 15 2015

Fire-Suppression System Failure Causes Winter Wonderland in Toronto

Airlines & Airports | Donald Wood | September 15, 2015

Fire-Suppression System Failure Causes Winter Wonderland in Toronto

Photo via Twitter/680News

Canadians are no strangers to snow, but a hangar at Pearson International Airport saw winter arrive a bit early in the form of a foam blizzard on Saturday morning.

In a report from, a fire-suppression system inside a hangar at Pearson Airport outside Toronto, Canada, reportedly malfunctioned, spreading a foamy mass of bubbles across a huge area at the facility.

Police officials who arrived at the scene reported that the fire-suppression system began spilling its contents in the hangar at around 8:40 a.m. local time, and by the time the machine was emptied, the foam had climbed to almost 20 feet.

In addition to filling the hangar with the fluffy bubbles, the suppression system’s contents also spilled out of the building and covered an area outside that measured “the size of two to three football fields.”

Two Toronto news outlets shared images of the foam on Twitter:

According to the airport, the foam was comprised of 98 percent water and two percent flame retardant which is used to put out jet-fuel fires at the airport. A cleanup crew was dispatched to the scene and began removing the foam via large vacuums and hoses.

There were no injuries reported during the incident and no flights were impacted.

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