Sunday, August 10, 2008

Scary Night

Last night I woke up around 3:45 a.m. to the sound of a huge explosion. Looked out the balcony, but couldn't make out what it was or where it came from. Went back to bed and just lay there. A few minutes later, I saw the sky light up orange and heard the sound of another explosion. This time, when I rushed to the balcony, I saw a huge fireball evaporating in the sky, and then I saw the source of flames, about 3 miles south-west of our building. There were about 40 or 50 explosions in total.

It turns out a propane depot exploded. At present, there are no reports of any casualties, although at least two people were injured. Please pray that everyone's alright.

Update: One depot employee remains missing. Firefighter Bob Leek, District Chief died on the scene.

Update 2: A body recovered at the site on Tuesday may be that of the missing depot employee, Parmindar Saini. An autopsy is being conducted.

May their souls rest in peace...

Found the video below on YouTube. It's similar to the view I had last night from the balcony, although taken from much further away. At about 1:50 - 2:02 on the video clip, you can see the explosion that lit up the sky:


Stratoz said...

I hope that you have had better night sleeps since then.

Belloc said...

Thanks - much better now!