As residents across Ireland and the UK battened down the hatches with Storm Brendan descending on northwestern Europe, a rogue trampoline stole headlines across the Emerald Isle.
A Status Orange Wind Warning, the second highest level, was issued across Ireland Monday as Storm Brendan made landfall. However, at least one resident seemingly didn’t get the memo and forgot to tie down their trampoline, which was spotted on the M7 motorway near Limerick City.
— ✈Michael Finnan🌍 (@finnan22) January 13, 2020
The rogue trampoline had been menacing Irish drivers for a brief period before the Limerick fire service confirmed they were in hot pursuit of the fugitive.
Crews currently dealing with several calls across the city & county incl. a dangerous sign on O’Connell Ave & a trampoline blocking the M7. Updates to follow.
— Limerick Fire Service (@LimerickFire) January 13, 2020
The footage apparently tickled the wider Irish public’s sense of humor, as Twitter was soon flooded with other renegade trampolines.
“Weather warnings should be renamed Tie Down your Damn Trampoline Warning,” suggested one user.
Found it in Cork 😂 pic.twitter.com/WYdgF40qQZ
— Stephen Long (@Slongy81) January 13, 2020
— Jon Wilson (@Cantthink01) January 13, 2020
— Deborah Butler (@SuperBusyMum) January 13, 2020
“Hi michael ..i work for a building company and hate my job ..is it ok if i used your video to say ive to go home early to get my trampoline,” joked another.
Meanwhile, the Irish Coast Guard urged people not to brave the elements, sharing footage of several people making a lucky escape after being caught by a stray wave.
Breaking waves along the coast can be unpredictable and quickly drag you away.
— Irish Coast Guard (@IrishCoastGuard) January 13, 2020
Elsewhere, the Dublin fire brigade took the opportunity to highlight the importance of securing loose outdoor household items, reminding everyone of the infamous 40-foot minion fiasco of 2015, when an inflatable version of the beloved children’s character disrupted traffic in the Irish capital for a brief period.
To prepare for the arrival of orange wind warning #StormBrendan take the opportunity to secure loose items around your home: Wheelie bins, garden furniture, trampolines and 40-foot inflatable film stars. pic.twitter.com/pKr8d4hEq5
— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) January 12, 2020
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