We were awakened last night to a rumble and huge flash explosion that was so bright, we thought it was already morning. For a split second I thought I was still dreaming as I stared out our window to see a towering explosion that looked to be hundreds of feet in the air. It’s the end of the world! It quickly descended back to the ground in a fiery ball burning just past a water tower in the distance.
For awhile we debated whether it was the fault of some tweakers creating a bad batch or something, but after listening to the police and fire scanners they reported a train derailment that lead to the explosion of two cars carrying denatured alcohol. The train was on its way southbound and would have passed about a hundred feet from our loft which has a wall of glass windows.
The reports on the fire scanner were pretty unsure whether one of the cars involved on the train contained Styrene Monomer which is a deadly carcinogen, especially when inhaled.
Here’s a video I shot just a few minutes after the explosion from our roof at Walden Lofts: