Remember those mysterious barges that Google was planning to use for…something? After popping up on our radar over a year ago they were shut down over the summer before Google could ever do anything with them. The barges were reportedly going to be state of the art floating retail stores. Like giant food trucks that can roam around and sell gadgets instead of tacos. Why did these barges get shut down before anyone could bug Google Glass while fighting off seas sickness? Fire.
Newly obtained documents show that the Coast Guard had significant questions about the safety of these barges. Coast Guard chief Robert Gauvin was most worried about the 5,000 gallons of fuel alongside “substantial amount of combustible material.” In other words, the barges were giant floating fire hazards. Google had plans for over a 1,000 people to visit the barges each day, but the contractor said it would allow no more than 150. At the end of the day Google just decided to scrap the whole idea.
Remember kids, only you can prevent Forrest fires.
[via The Verge]