07/18/2013 10:14 EDT | Updated 07/19/2013 08:48 EDT

Toronto Cop Bakes Cookies In Car During Heat Wave


You make good cookies, Mr. Bangild. Yes, it's been hot in Ontario the last few days. So hot in fact that Jeff Bangild, a Toronto Police officer, tried to bake cookies in the back of his car.

Bangild started on Wednesday morning with a package of Pillsbury chocolate chip cookie dough.

The cookie sheet was left in the back of Bangild's parked car and the officer went on with his day and waited with bated breath.

He had some frozen yogurt, checked on his cookies and noted that his car got unbearably hot.

But hey! It worked and near the end of the day, Bangild had a delicious batch of cookies for his ride home.

He did note that the temperature in his car reached a dizzying 52 degrees celsius (125 F). Bangild's delicious experiment wasn't just for laughs and dessert. The officer wanted to remind people of the dangers of leaving pets and kids in a hot car. There have been a number of incidents this year of small children dying because they were left by their guardians in a hot car.

In Edmonton, a three-year-old girl died after being left in a hot car. A grandmother in Milton, Ont. was charged with criminal negligence after a toddler in her care died after he was left in a hot car.

Pets, especially dogs, can also die of heat stroke from being left in a hot vehicle. The BC SPCA warns that it takes as little as 10 minutes for temperatures in a closed car to reach deadly levels.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated that Bangild parked at the Toronto Police Headquarters. Bangild was actually parked at a GO station, according to the Toronto Sun. We regret the error.

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