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August 27, 2007

So last night, around 10:50pm, long after I should have already been asleep, I was still milling about getting ready for bed. I was chatting with Kelly when suddenly BOOM!! we felt the house shake and there was a short low rumble that made the dishes in the china cabinets on the main floor chime together. We both had the obvious reaction, what the hell was that? 

First thought, are Ma and Pa ok? Did someone fall? No wait, much too big of a noise for that. Did the cat knock something over? Well, unless the cat can pick the sofa four feet off the ground and drop it, then no, it wasn’t the cat. Maybe a car hit the house. Yeah, that could be it I guess, but an investigation outside revealed only other bewildered neighbours looking around wondering “what the hell was that?”

The sound of  fire trucks a few short minutes later indicated that something somewhere had gone terribly wrong.  We would have to wait until the morning news to find out what.

At 6am, when I normally hit snooze a few times, I couldn’t. I needed to know. And the explanation came quickly. A house exploded. No known cause yet, but a house blew up. Completely. Gone. Not on my block, not on my street even. Two streets over and four blocks up. Probably about a half mile away. And yet we felt it. I can’t imagine what it was like for people a few house away.

Tonight we took a walk to go have a peek. The road is still closed to traffic and the police are guarding the premises as it is now a criminal investigation. The yellow Police tape keeps the hordes of curious onlookers from getting too close. But it seemed like the whole neighborhood was filing past. After all, we are blessed to live in a part of the world where a house blowing up is a rare occurance.


8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 27, 2007 11:33 pm

    Wow! Meth lab? Gas leak? Let us know. Bet that was scary. Do they have earthquakes where you live? That would have been my third guess.

  2. August 27, 2007 11:34 pm

    Anyone hurt? Killed?

  3. August 28, 2007 7:53 am

    Oh! I vote meth lab!!!

  4. August 28, 2007 9:52 am

    Still no info. Police are still on the scene with the big investigation “command post” bus. The 6pm News last night mentioned that police had been at the home earlier that same night, they will not say why. Oh, and Lynn, yes, one man injured with severe upper body burns. He was found on the front lawn.

  5. August 28, 2007 4:09 pm

    I vote domestic altercation.

  6. August 28, 2007 11:11 pm

    Oh Kelly, that would be some domestic altercation! How do you blow up a house? By being THAT MAD? LOL He flipped his lid? I am still with Meth lab too.
    Why else would the police have been their earlier? Meth lab blown up by the domestic violence vic?

  7. September 1, 2007 7:12 am

    Kelly–don’t you mean “domestic obliteration”??

    Sylvain–from the picture Kelly has of the house on her blog, I’m quite amazed that the injured person survived. I would have expected the report to be that he was found in the front yard…and the back yard. and two houses over on the roof.

    Years ago, we had a similar experience–the KABOOM part, not the disappearing house trick–neighbors milling about in various states of undress/pajamas/robes, and in that case it was lightning hitting a house three doors down from us. It blew about twenty bricks off the top of their chimney and charred a two-inch-round hole all the way through their wood flooring right next to the fireplace. Apparently, lightning is not as nimble as Santa when it enters a house through the chimney. No one hurt in the slightest, although their kids had wide-eyed looks that probably took a week to wear off.


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