Turkey fails that are very 2020: 87K birds explode ahead of holiday, Thanksgiving meal delivery troubles

Wyatte Grantham-Philips, USA TODAY
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For some people, Thanksgiving dinner turned out like many things 2020: kind of a disaster.

Some California families woke up without grocery deliveries on Thursday. In Texas, 87,000 turkeys exploded in a fire before the holiday.

And the National Fire Protection Agency warned families to avoid setting their kitchens or deep fryers ablaze — as cooking fires are three times more likely on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year.

If your Thursday missed what was supposed to be the starring dish on your dinner table, you're not alone. Here's a look at some turkey troubles nationwide, this year and years past.

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California store fails to deliver groceries

According to local media, several Bay Area families didn't receive their Thanksgiving groceries Thursday morning because a delivery service failed to deliver.

Good Eggs, a San Francisco-based delivery service, apologized on Twitter. The company announced it would issue refunds for cancelled and delayed orders and missing items.

Customers replied with their frustrating experiences waiting for their food to arrive.

"I am fully responsible for the results, the inadequate (communication) and the frustration," wrote CEO Bentley Hall on Twitter, adding that Good Eggs had an outage at its warehouse early Wednesday. "We are devastated that we let some of you down. We will do everything we can to make it right."

87,000 turkeys explode in fire

On Nov. 6, a fire and at least two explosions destroyed part of Greenberg Smoked Turkey Inc.'s shipping facility in Tyler, Texas, local media reported.

A freezer holding 87,000 turkeys exploded and burned nearby equipment. No one was injured, but the company was forced to shut down for the rest of 2020 — including the Thanksgiving holiday.

According to the Dallas Morning News, the 82-year-old business sells about 200,000 smoked turkeys every holiday season. Greenberg Smoked Turkeys has made Oprah Winfrey's yearly "Oprah's Favorite Things" list twice.

"We are refunding all orders set to deliver after November 6th, and are deeply sorry for any inconvenience this may cause," owner Sam Greenberg wrote on Facebook. "We are grateful to have the best customers in the world, and are proud to have been a part of your holiday tradition for so many years. Please invite us back to your table next year!"

Greenberg Smoked Turkeys announced Wednesday that the company will break ground for a facility on Monday, and it's accepting orders for 2021.

Frozen turkeys rain from interstate in Indiana

About a month before Thanksgiving, , a truckload of frozen turkeys rained down onto a parking lot just below Interstate 65 in Indianapolis.

Crews cleaned up the turkey and other debris after the crash.

No one was injured when the truck driver lost control and broke through a concrete barrier in the early morning, Indiana State Police spokesman Sgt. John Perrine said.

Scary cooking experiences

And finally, these #turkeyfail posts (and warnings) over the years show the challenges in roasting the holiday bird.

Contributing: Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star.

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