Thanksgiving can often be a raucous occasion, replete with family members piling into cramped quarters as conversations about their respective lives abound.
The distractions can create an unsafe environment and turn the restful holiday into a stressful hospital visit. The Kern County and Bakersfield fire departments demonstrated Tuesday how the holidays can quickly turn upside down with their annual turkey frying demonstration.
A completely frozen turkey — more like an ice block — was attached to a metal hanger as a firefighter gently lowered it into a metal bucket bubbling with canola oil. As the bird entered into the container, oil spilled over its rim.
Flames ignited into a 30- to 40-feet high column as the oil sizzled and black smoke wafted into the air. Heat washed over reporters standing 40 feet away as the demonstration showed the dangers cooks could face when deep frying a turkey.