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HUGE explosion in my area!

post #1 of 16
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Check this out: http://cbs4boston.com/local/local_story_326060222.html

My cats woke me up just before 3, and I heard what I thought was a big truck going by on a main road down the street. I had no idea that anything bad had happened until around 6 when I awoke to see breaking news on the TV and HUGE flames coming from a building just a 1/2 mile from my office, and only 3 miles from my home.

When I left my house to go to work this morning, my neighborhood was filled with a very acrid and nasty smell, so I held my breath to get into my truck.

Only 10 people were injured, and none seriously, and no one was killed, thank God. I can't imagine what it must be like to be literally blown out of your bed at 3 a.m.!
post #2 of 16
I've been watching it on the news this morning. The pictures from the area are unbelievable!
post #3 of 16
One of my co-workers lives in Danvers - she thought the building was going to collapse.
post #4 of 16
Yikes that's scary. Glad to hear that no one was seriously hurt.
post #5 of 16
Not a good way to start the day for you folks. Glad everyone seems to be okay.
post #6 of 16
Wow, it's a miracle noone was killed!
post #7 of 16
Very very scary..........glad no one was killed!
post #8 of 16
Yeah, that was the only thing on the news this morning. Still seems so hard to believe only 10 people went to the hospital and no one was seriously injured. One of the reporters said we all have an extra reason to be thankful this Thanksgiving.
post #9 of 16
Wow! Thank God no one was killed! An explosion like that is just unfathomable to me. I read that article and was amazed at the effect the explosion had on the entire neighborhood. Did you see where the woman explained that her windows bowed in and after they returned to their proper position, the curtains were hanging from the rods, but were OUTSIDE the window! Can you imagine??
Even more amazing was the fact that there were no concerns of chemical toxicity from breathing the air. That's a good thing because many of the people wouldn't have been able to escape them.
post #10 of 16
OMG how scary, I'm glad you are okay..
Thats too close for comfort.
post #11 of 16
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Wow! Thank God no one was killed! An explosion like that is just unfathomable to me. I read that article and was amazed at the effect the explosion had on the entire neighborhood. Did you see where the woman explained that her windows bowed in and after they returned to their proper position, the curtains were hanging from the rods, but were OUTSIDE the window! Can you imagine??
I know - that story totally freaked me out. The damage that they showed from the helicopters was surreal - I drive by there every day, and it was rendered nearly unrecognizable!

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Even more amazing was the fact that there were no concerns of chemical toxicity from breathing the air. That's a good thing because many of the people wouldn't have been able to escape them.
From what I understand, they still aren't sure of the chemicals that were involved, so that's why they had to let it just burn to the ground rather than actually putting the fire out.

From the smell and the taste of the air in my neighborhood, 3 miles east, I'm a bit concerned.

My coworker, who was shaken awake when his whole building shook, his a/c blew out of his window, his dishes fell off the shelves and pictures fell off his wall, told me that the smoke went straight up into the air rather than filling the neighborhoods, and once it got to a certain height, it started to drift eastward.

We are on the ocean, so the worst of it will just have gone out to sea, anyway, but I really hope that the little that I breathed in this morning won't have a bad effect in the long run.

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OMG how scary, I'm glad you are okay..
Thats too close for comfort.
WAY too close for comfort. I just can't believe I slept through the concussion, because it HAD to have shaken my house, too, based on what I'm seeing/reading about the blast.

The rumble that I heard that I thought was a truck (after the kitties woke me) was really low and long, but it sounded more like a big truck than thunder to me. I dunno - I wasn't really awake at that point, and I always wake up in the night to pee, so I just didn't think anything of it.

I think it would be really nice if some of you out there would say a prayer for all those (and there are a LOT of them) who have been temporarily displaced from their homes the day before Thanksgiving. THey sure are lucky to have their lives, but the amount of damage here to homes/businesses/cars/boats is incredible!
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I think it would be really nice if some of you out there would say a prayer for all those (and there are a LOT of them) who have been temporarily displaced from their homes the day before Thanksgiving. THey sure are lucky to have their lives, but the amount of damage here to homes/businesses/cars/boats is incredible!
Definately - it's not like you have to scrimp and save prayers - there's always more!

How scary for all involved, but thankfully, nowhere near as bad as it could have been. I'll be thinking about it tomorrow as I celebrate our national day of Thanksgiving.
post #13 of 16
You are so lucky! I turned on the local Nh station and that was all they talked about. In fact, the company I work for has an office around the corner from the plant that exploded and thet couldn't even get in to work today. Of course I am thrilled that there were no major injuries, but I do worry about all the cats and dogs that are running around frightened and lost. It does make you stop and count your blessings!
post #14 of 16
Betsy, thank God you are ok....I will definately say a prayer for your entire area....that is SO SCARY. We had a small explosion a few months ago a few blocks from my work....I was scared....you go right back to Sept 11th, and all the fears that we still have left from that horrible day....
post #15 of 16
That is scary and your right Heather...that's the first thing I think of...Sept 11th

Thank God you and your babies are okay...I will remember the people involved in my prayers!
post #16 of 16
Oh how awful! It reminds me of a house explosion (gas leak related) we had nearby when I was in high school. I heard it from about 5 miles away. My friend who only lived about a mile away was knocked out of bed.
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