The apple vodka spill was gone pretty quickly, thanks to a Modesto Fire Department cleanup crew and, before that, several people who helped themselves to unbroken bottles.
About 15 to 20 cases of 375ml bottles spilled, many breaking, many unscathed. Firefighters responded to address the traffic hazard and clean up the spill on the southwest corner of the intersection.
A few "unsavory characters were filling their bags" with unbroken bottles as the crew arrived, a firefighter said.
As firefighters swept up broken glass in the right lane, the smell of apples was strong in the air. Absorbent material then was poured on the spill. None of the alcohol got into the storm drain, Capt. Vince Bowman said.