76,000 pounds of ribs burn in truck fire, smell ‘wonderful’

If the thought of wasting food makes you cringe, you may want to look away. 76,000 pounds of beef ribs headed to Los Angeles went up in flames Saturday when the truck containing them caught fire.

And according to firefighters at the scene, it smelled “wonderful.”

The truck had been headed from Flagstaff, Ariz., to Wilmington. The fire started on the 40 Freeway in San Bernardino County after one of the back wheels of the trailer caught fire, reported the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. The freeway had to be shut down for two hours.


The fire had a “wonderful BBQ beef rib odor to it,” read a report.

There were no injures, but when firefighters arrived on the scene, they were too late to save the ribs. The trailer containing the ribs was already on fire, and disconnected from the truck.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Online outlets were having fun with the rib tragedy: “Nooooooooooo. One hour of high heat?! They probably burned. Did anyone even try to turn them?”

If only there were a truck with barbecue sauce standing by ...

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