Watermelon lives up to its name during engine fire

Zhang Yang
Everyone knows watermelon is mostly water – hence the name! – but did you know the trusty fruit can also put out fires?
Zhang Yang
Edited by Zhang Yang. Polished by Andy Boreham.

Footage of a driver using watermelon to put out his engine fire in China’s Zhejiang Province on August 1 has gone viral.

He was driving on an expressway at the time and heard a “strange” noise, so he pulled over to discover his engine was in flames.

The man didn’t have a fire extinguisher at hand, so he grabbed a watermelon and smashed it over the fire, which was put out immediately.

“Who knew fruit was healthy and could save your car!” one netizen joked.

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