#trending: Two people fall into tank of chocolate; social media rife with Willy Wonka references
PENNSYLVANIA — In a scene straight out of a Roald Dahl novel, two people were rescued after falling into a tank full of chocolate at a Mars M&M factory in Pennsylvania on Thursday (June 9), reported CNN.
Despite the seriousness of the accident, netizens on social media found the incident uncannily similar to a scene from the 1971 film, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, and began poking fun at the entire episode.
The name "Augustus Gloop" began trending on Twitter. Gloop is a fictional character from Dahl's book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, who famously took a tumble into a chocolate river and got sucked into a pipe.
"I would have sucked that tank dry and not needed rescuing," commented one Facebook user.
Others expressed their envy with popular memes: "How does it feel to live my dream?"
Some also showed concern for the state of the chocolate in the tank, wondering if a "surprise chocolate covered toenail" would pop up in their Mars chocolate bars.
An emergency dispatch spokesperson from Lancaster County in Pennsylvania confirmed to US news website TODAY Food that two employees at the factory were "stuck in a sort of dry chocolate".
Rescuers had to cut a hole in the side of the tank to get them out.
Thankfully, the people in the tank were not hurt, but could not get out on their own as the chocolate was "about waist-high", according to PennLive.
Both patients were transported to local hospitals. It is unclear how they fell into the chocolate tank.