Bat Triggers Alarm and Closes Tunnel

A bat set off a fire alarm in a German highway tunnel , forcing an hour-long closure and causing long delays, police said.

Bat Triggers Alarm and Closes Tunnel
Police in Goettingen said the animal apparently landed on a smoke detector or a pipe in the Heidkopf tunnel -- triggering a fire alarm, which automatically led to the tunnel being closed in both directions at about 4:45 a.m.

Police and fire officers searched the tunnel and surveillance camera footage for signs of a blaze, but to no avail.

After about an hour, the tunnel -- and the A38 highway, a busy east-west route -- was reopened.

A tailback of about 800 yards built up in one direction, while cars queued for more than a mile at the tunnel's other entrance.

Last Mod: 11 Ağustos 2007, 13:48
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