Firefighter gets creative with marriage proposal


FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Firefighters helped one of their own pull off a marriage proposal.

Fayetteville, North Carolina, firefighter Ashton Hanway asked Lauren Wood to visit Station 17 on Friday to take some pictures. His captain suggested they stand on top of a truck.

An alarm sounded and two firefighters got into an adjacent truck. When they pulled out, they revealed a fire hose on the floor that spelled out: “Will you marry me?”

Hanway tells The Fayetteville Observer he was trying to write in cursive and it took several hours to do everything.

Wood, who said yes, says it was a complete shock. She described it as an “out-of-body experience.”

The couple, who have been together for six years, are planning a 2019 wedding.

A sticky mess: liquid chocolate spills onto Polish highway

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A tractor-trailer has overturned on a Polish highway, spilling tons of liquid chocolate that are solidifying into a huge sticky mess.

The private broadcaster TVN24 showed images of an overturned truck surrounded by brown chocolate covering six lanes on the A2 motorway, blocking traffic in both directions.

Rescue officials said the liquid chocolate was solidifying as it cooled and would require large amounts of hot water to clear away.

Senior brigadier Bogdan Kowalski with the fire brigade of Slupca, a town in western Poland, said, “the cooling chocolate is worse than snow.”

TVN24 reported from the site of the accident that the driver was taken to a hospital with a broken arm. The accident occurred in the morning when there was little traffic and nobody else was hurt.