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Explosion & Fire in Downtown San Francisco Just happened. Could be a gas line - at this point, no one knows.
posted by echolalia67 (106 comments total)

 
OMGWTF! TERRAR! TERRAR!
posted by I EAT TAPES at 10:43 AM on August 19, 2005


Now wouldn't you feel bad if it was?
posted by Pollomacho at 10:46 AM on August 19, 2005


I'm Chevy Chase, and you're not. Our TOP news story...
posted by spock at 10:46 AM on August 19, 2005


Now wouldn't you feel bad if it was?

FIGHTING EXPLODING MANHOLES IN SAN FRANCISCO SO WE DON'T HAVE TO FIGHT THEM AT HOME!
posted by I EAT TAPES at 10:50 AM on August 19, 2005


Looks like a PG&E thing so far ...
posted by mrgrimm at 10:51 AM on August 19, 2005


I EAT TAPES:OMGWTF! TERRAR! TERRAR!

Did I even say it was a terrorist attack? No, I said that it might be a gas line. At any rate, an explosion in a major city, whatever the cause, is noteworthy.

You, sir, are an asshat.
posted by echolalia67 at 10:51 AM on August 19, 2005


I was at the top of that building! and it was bloody scary, but everyone got out fine, flickering lights, swaying building but all ok
posted by zeoslap at 10:51 AM on August 19, 2005


Good to hear you got out safely, zeoslap.
posted by dazed_one at 10:54 AM on August 19, 2005


Damn, I'm hoping its an accident and not anything deliberate.

zeoslap, glad to hear you're okay, thanks for checking in with your first hand insight. Any ideas of what caused it?
posted by fenriq at 10:55 AM on August 19, 2005


Indeed, he's an asshat, nevertheless, one-line Newsfilter posts about disasters would not have been posted outside of the context of recurring urban terrorist attacks.
posted by By The Grace of God at 10:55 AM on August 19, 2005


Not really, word is a gas main, tough to tell. Looked out the window from the 36 floor and saw smoke billowing out.
posted by zeoslap at 10:56 AM on August 19, 2005


Best line in a news report so far:

"A big fire ball shot out the side of the Polo store."

I could just read that over and over again.
posted by ImJustRick at 11:00 AM on August 19, 2005


At any rate, an explosion in a major city, whatever the cause, is noteworthy.

Not really.
posted by mrgrimm at 11:01 AM on August 19, 2005


FIGHTING EXPLODING MANHOLES IN SAN FRANCISCO

teehee. Exploding manholes in san francisco...
posted by delmoi at 11:03 AM on August 19, 2005


Oh behave.
posted by Pollomacho at 11:06 AM on August 19, 2005


Ah, we get those in Georgetown in DC all the time. Always a utility problem, but very scarey.
posted by Red58 at 11:07 AM on August 19, 2005


More
posted by mrgrimm at 11:08 AM on August 19, 2005


teehee. Exploding manholes in san francisco...

Heh. What a great name for an all-male porn star psychedelia band.

On a different tangent, considering how foul our sewer system smells (especially on a warm day) a methane explosion would not be completely outside the realm of possibility.
posted by echolalia67 at 11:09 AM on August 19, 2005


Noteworthy? Perhaps. FPP worthy? Not so much.
posted by FlamingBore at 11:10 AM on August 19, 2005


Did I even say it was a terrorist attack? No, I said that it might be a gas line. At any rate, an explosion in a major city, whatever the cause, is noteworthy.

I EAT TAPES is not an asshat. I EAT TAPES is simply responding as any good American - conditioned by the Bush administration - is expected to respond. There are terrorists EVERYWHERE, they HATE FREEDOM, San Francisco is a relatively free city (well, at least according to American standards) and a not unlikely place where FREEDOM HATING ISLAMOFASCISTS would want to attack America.

In other words, I EAT TAPES' response was pretty rational.

That it could just be a gas line explosion is what the LIBURLS would want you to believe. They still don't believe America is fighting a WAR FOR FREEDOM.

/sarcasm (it case it wasn't obvious)
posted by three blind mice at 11:10 AM on August 19, 2005




And to take it to the next step....

Firefighters were exercising within a mile of this explosion at the time it happened. What were they doing leaving packages in the sewer system? Qui bono?!?!
posted by KirkJobSluder at 11:14 AM on August 19, 2005


2nd best line:

"It sounded like a big poof..."

heh.
posted by sarahmelah at 11:16 AM on August 19, 2005


Does BushCo. even consider San Francisco to be part of the USA?
posted by OmieWise at 11:16 AM on August 19, 2005


All south bay should evacuate, just to be on the safe side. I'm evacuating to the nearby pub.
posted by NewBornHippy at 11:17 AM on August 19, 2005


San Francisco needs to double its efforts to protect itself from terroristsPG&E.
posted by brain_drain at 11:18 AM on August 19, 2005


Someone call the Global Frequency.
posted by Captaintripps at 11:20 AM on August 19, 2005


But if you evacuate, doesn't the methane win?
posted by spock at 11:22 AM on August 19, 2005


Will somebody please thinks of the SF Financial District!

> A reported explosion and fire has forced the evacuation of several
> buildings and businesses in the financial district.

Today and today only, Happy Hour will start about.... now.
posted by NewBornHippy at 11:23 AM on August 19, 2005


NewBornHippy, I'm only 70 miles south of San Francisco, should I be huddling under my desk or racing south on Highway 1? I'm thinking, to be safe, I should abandon my office and race home to spend the rest of the day watching the news from the absolute safety of my couch.
posted by fenriq at 11:23 AM on August 19, 2005


If it is terrorists and I were living in that city I'd be getting my shit packed right about now.
posted by bondcliff at 11:25 AM on August 19, 2005


bondcliff: in that city I'd be getting my shit packed right about now

ObSFJoke
posted by kcm at 11:27 AM on August 19, 2005


Does BushCo. even consider San Francisco to be part of the USA?

No.

I'm evacuating to the nearby pub.

Excellent Idea.

Noteworthy? Perhaps. FPP worthy? Not so much.

Agreed... Me-RaceToBeTheFirstToPostANewsStoryFromSomeRandomSite WithLinksToRealNewsPlacesInOrderToDriveClickRate-Filter
posted by AspectRatio at 11:29 AM on August 19, 2005


The power was out around here for five hours last week, but I didn't post it to MetaFilter.
posted by yhbc at 11:31 AM on August 19, 2005


I'm in the Financial District right now. Market Street is closed. They're freaking at the Pyramid, having closed Redwood Park. The SF Gate site is impacted, but this looks like it was a gas main. Cause still undetermined. We've had many problems with PG&E and blackouts in the past. So my bets are with them.
posted by ed at 11:31 AM on August 19, 2005


More specific info here.
posted by ed at 11:32 AM on August 19, 2005


> NewBornHippy, I'm only 70 miles south of San Francisco, should I
> be huddling under my desk or racing south on Highway 1

All south bound highways are nothing but piled up cars and scenes of panic as people are trying to escape the methane wave that left SF earlier today. At this time you have three options:

1- Fight like a man: drop down your knees pray and you shall receive government assistance.
2- Huddle under your desk, assume foetal position and sob incontrollably, you'll be shot on sight when discovered by the rescue teams
3- Start looting the neighborhood.

I'll be looting the nearby pub.

Oh, the humanity...
posted by NewBornHippy at 11:33 AM on August 19, 2005


Transformer explosion (with live video)
posted by ed at 11:33 AM on August 19, 2005


an explosion in a major city, whatever the cause, is noteworthy

Oh the times, they are a-change-n.
posted by dreamsign at 11:36 AM on August 19, 2005


Yeah as soon as my coworkers heard "bomb" everybody started freaking out and talking about terrists. Blah. I am too hungover to have been alarmed. [I'm in downtown SF]
posted by aGreatNotion at 11:38 AM on August 19, 2005


> The power was out around here for five hours last week, but
> I didn't post it to MetaFilter.

Thank you for dropping the ball, yhbc -- it's nice to see we can count on you.

*rolls eyes*
posted by NewBornHippy at 11:38 AM on August 19, 2005


The explosion also dislodged a manhole cover and buckled a section of sidewalk. There is broken glass and debris strewn on the sidewalk.

So the question is, who invested large chunks of money into companies that make windows and manhole covers this morning?
posted by KirkJobSluder at 11:39 AM on August 19, 2005


Well, the power was out, NBH. Duh.
posted by yhbc at 11:40 AM on August 19, 2005


Explosion in Kansas leaves 2 dead

THAT's a little closer to home....
posted by Floydd at 11:42 AM on August 19, 2005


This city's gettin' so hot, they gonna cut the lights!
posted by basicchannel at 11:43 AM on August 19, 2005


This thread is comedy gold, kind of like church signs.
posted by caddis at 11:45 AM on August 19, 2005


no offense to echolalia, but: what I EAT TAPES SAID
posted by matteo at 11:47 AM on August 19, 2005


said
posted by matteo at 11:47 AM on August 19, 2005


Flamingbore:

MUST we be so concerned all the damn time about the quality of FPPs? I mean really. I have been amused by several comments in this thread. Ain't that worth ANYthing in this crazy mixed-up world of ours? If we stop talking and laughing about it, PG&E has won.
posted by ORthey at 11:48 AM on August 19, 2005


Someone call the Global Frequency.

Kenneth?
posted by Pollomacho at 11:53 AM on August 19, 2005


If it is terrorists and I were living in that city I'd be getting my shit packed right about now.

rim shot.
posted by hellbient at 11:53 AM on August 19, 2005


Explosion in London!

It's an epidemic! Why does gas hate our freedom??
posted by Floydd at 11:53 AM on August 19, 2005


Was PG&E told "pull it" just before the explosion? It's quite obvious that an explosion of this size could only be an inside job. After all, some blog reported that an anonymous official at the Kazakhstan embassy was given a tip that "something big" was going to happen in SF today.
posted by KirkJobSluder at 11:58 AM on August 19, 2005


there was something similar that happened in Seattle awhile back, something to do with naturally occuring gases or something similar accumulating and then igniting when a short happened. . . hopefully it's the same thing here and not something else.
posted by mk1gti at 11:59 AM on August 19, 2005


For all the thread naysayers it warmed my cockles to see a thread waiting for me to claim that I was there. If you aren't interested then why comment? It's not like you have to click the link is it? Or that FPP space is limited.
posted by zeoslap at 11:59 AM on August 19, 2005


Suspiciously, there were no PG&E employees in that building.
posted by caddis at 12:01 PM on August 19, 2005


> Well, the power was out, NBH. Duh.

1-800-METFLTR -- don't you ever watch TV?
posted by NewBornHippy at 12:02 PM on August 19, 2005


Something must be done!!!!
posted by Floydd at 12:02 PM on August 19, 2005


Yea who has not posted in haste at the thought of a completely fucked commute home this evening, cast the first stone - the explosion occured near an underground station so yes, after "holy fuck", my second reaction was "Oh man, getting home tonight is going to be a bitch". On a good day, the train home is a sardine can with special appearances by "inexplicable foul stench" man and "wearing my soiled underpants as a necklace" man. Add major delays to that...

Please people, try to understand my pain and the post it spawned.
posted by echolalia67 at 12:05 PM on August 19, 2005


So ...

Two penguins are standing next to each other,
and one says to the other ...

Why, you look like you could be wearing a tuxedo.

To which the other penguin says,

Who says I'm not?
posted by R. Mutt at 12:05 PM on August 19, 2005


Methane... evacuation...

Make jokes: y/n?

N.
posted by ImJustRick at 12:07 PM on August 19, 2005


> After all, some blog reported that an anonymous official at the
> Kazakhstan embassy was given a tip that "something big" was going
> to happen in SF today.

You can't get more specific than that.

From my undisclosed remote location (a local pub) I'm starting to panic a bit. *raises hand* Garçon, an other Pastis please.
posted by NewBornHippy at 12:08 PM on August 19, 2005


Though I'm sure this wasn't terrorism, does anyone ever get the feeling that if there was another terrorist bombing in the US, that the government might try to pass it off as an accident, which would remove the barb from the attack?
posted by drezdn at 12:09 PM on August 19, 2005


Also, I'm not sure how, but this is going to cause gas prices to rise.
posted by drezdn at 12:10 PM on August 19, 2005


caddis: I'm willing to bet there were no citizens of the Sicmon Islands either.
posted by KirkJobSluder at 12:11 PM on August 19, 2005


the PG&E worker says: "I looked at your gas line, looks like you blew a seal."

The penguin guiltily wipes his mouth and stammers "This? that's just ice cream...."
posted by Floydd at 12:11 PM on August 19, 2005


You mean like this, mk1gti?
posted by dreamsign at 12:12 PM on August 19, 2005


> Yea who has not posted in haste at the thought of a
> completely fucked commute home this evening, cast the first stone

*Thud*
posted by NewBornHippy at 12:12 PM on August 19, 2005


Does BushCo. even consider San Francisco to be part of the USA?

Can't say. But many in San Francisco don't consider BushCo to be part of the USA.
posted by Triode at 12:13 PM on August 19, 2005


The power was out around here for five hours last week, but I didn't post it to MetaFilter.

Sounds like somebody needs to buy a UPS.
posted by mosch at 12:15 PM on August 19, 2005


*Thud*

Geeze, even when I try to redeem my hasty & much-critcized post with a bit of goofy humor, you people continue to snark. What the hell?
posted by echolalia67 at 12:17 PM on August 19, 2005


These manholes: they vibrate? Or do they just emit methane?
posted by ZenMasterThis at 12:19 PM on August 19, 2005


Did quonsar sign up as I Eat Tapes?
posted by The Jesse Helms at 12:22 PM on August 19, 2005


"Transformer explosion (with live video)"

Video where, sorry? This post was worth it for the shit-packing comment.

Photos from the scene.
posted by nthdegx at 12:23 PM on August 19, 2005


Laugh it up, fuzzballs! The 7/7 London bombs were "transformer problems" or "electrical issues" for two hours until the story became Islamic Terrah.

Just sayin' is all ....
posted by kenlayne at 12:29 PM on August 19, 2005


echo, don't worry, really. I guess everybody's just happy that it wasn't a big terrorist attack or something.

and yeah, I also think that either I EAT TAPES has q's same kind of sense of humor, or he is quonsar
posted by matteo at 12:36 PM on August 19, 2005


Oh man, getting home tonight is going to be a bitch.

Traffic's quite backed up on 2nd St. Anybody know if any BART stations are closed?
posted by mrgrimm at 12:40 PM on August 19, 2005


Here in New Orleans, about six or seven years ago, there was an epidemic of French Quarter manhole covers bursting into the air. No one was ever hurt (which was a miracle as it was the middle of tourist season).

Apparently all these old transformers started failing and exploding right around the same time. It surprised no one. Everything's falling apart here.

Not exactly an enlightening comment, I realize. But this SF thing reminded me of that... I was carefully walking around manholes for about a year there.
posted by brundlefly at 12:40 PM on August 19, 2005


Apparently all these old transformers started failing and exploding right around the same time.

Friggin' Decepticons! Targeting senior citizen Autobots is really beyond the pale. (Sorry.)
posted by brain_drain at 12:48 PM on August 19, 2005


The BART stations aren't closed. I was on MUNI when it happened and there was a bunch of hullaballoo and sirens and announcements and such as I was coming up out of the Montgomery station about a half-block away a couple minutes after it happened. But things calmed down fairly fast.
posted by trip and a half at 12:49 PM on August 19, 2005


This thread needs an overdub of Bette singing Wind Beneath My Wings.


posted by The Jesse Helms at 12:55 PM on August 19, 2005


Bouncy balls in San Francisco!
posted by Guy Smiley at 12:58 PM on August 19, 2005


"I also think that either I EAT TAPES has q's same kind of sense of humor, or he is quonsar"

We are all I EAT TAPES, and I EAT TAPES is us.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 1:12 PM on August 19, 2005


KJS, are you implying that Sabine blew the manholes?
posted by caddis at 1:19 PM on August 19, 2005


i might get killed in my sleep for revealing this, but i think that I EAT TAPES is a communal login for the #mefi cabal...
posted by schyler523 at 1:32 PM on August 19, 2005


> We are all I EAT TAPES

Today, we're all I EAT TAPES (An San Franciscans.)
posted by NewBornHippy at 1:32 PM on August 19, 2005


> i might get killed in my sleep for revealing this, but i think that I EAT
> TAPES is a communal login for the #mefi cabal...

Or in plain sight. *bang*
posted by NewBornHippy at 1:33 PM on August 19, 2005


Damn. Kitty-corner from where I used to work.

One of the "advantages" of being unemployed and living in the Inner Sunset.
posted by Relay at 1:46 PM on August 19, 2005


caddis: Take a look at this guy on the scene and tell me that agents from a probably non-existant nation were not involved.
posted by KirkJobSluder at 1:47 PM on August 19, 2005


Sorry, I'm not I EAT TAPES, I have better manners than to shout all the time.

echolalia67, don't sweat it so much. Its Friday so people are bound to be extra wankity (no, not wank kitty, wankity - the act of being more of a wanker than usual) today.
posted by fenriq at 1:50 PM on August 19, 2005


Explosions and manhole fires erupted throughout Boston's North End last week.
posted by ericb at 1:51 PM on August 19, 2005


"One woman looked like she was badly burned."

I think she was the one who looked at her bill on the way out of the Polo store.

And yes, this thread had me in tears I was laughing so hard.
posted by Snowflake at 1:52 PM on August 19, 2005


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posted by loquacious at 1:58 PM on August 19, 2005


> caddis: Take a look at this guy on the scene and tell me that agents
> from a probably non-existant nation were not involved.

Is he spamming?
posted by NewBornHippy at 1:59 PM on August 19, 2005


OMFG, this must be a conspiracy. Sabine and the Sicmonians must be in on it. That sign is written in Sicmonian. Do you think they are in cahoots with Al Qaeda?
posted by caddis at 2:55 PM on August 19, 2005


.............................

(translation: I care 29 times as much as loquacious. What an insensitive clod!)
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 3:27 PM on August 19, 2005


caddis: Take a look at this guy on the scene and tell me that agents from a probably non-existant nation were not involved.

Apparently thats Frank Chu and he appears whenever cameras are rolling.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 3:29 PM on August 19, 2005


All public tags re: Frank Chu.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 3:30 PM on August 19, 2005


West-coast pansies! It's not summer in Washington DC until the first manhole explodes.
posted by jewzilla at 3:35 PM on August 19, 2005


DevilsAdvocate: You care 30 more times than I do. That period was for MetaFilter.

This post sucks. One link newsfilters are bad enough, but there's knee-jerk fear and loathing all over this one. I first saw it and thought "OMFG TERROR" and/or "Oh, crap, here we go again." For about one whole second. Then I very briefly thought "earthquake" with some other part of my brain. Then I read "Just happened. Could be a gas line - at this point, no one knows" and suddenly I was annoyed. Thankfully I EAT TAPES made me laugh, so my annoyance lasted a whole 3 seconds.

It's like someone screaming "FIRE!" in a crowded theater just because someone had a vague passing thought about lighting a cigarette.

"It breaks the guidelines" isn't a strong enough flag. These kinds of infrastructure accidents happen all the time all over the world. People should really wait and let the story develop before breathlessly posting breaking local news, if at all.

echolalia67: Geeze, even when I try to redeem my hasty & much-critcized post with a bit of goofy humor, you people continue to snark. What the hell?

It would probably help greatly if you didn't even try to defend or redeem this post. Not as in "try and feel my pain" - that's an attempt at an excuse and a refusal to admit fault. It's blame shifting. Put aside your ego and try "You're right, I fucked up. This post sucks. It's not worthy of MetaFilter and doesn't belong on the front page. I panicked. I'm sorry." It's really not that painful.

Y'know, you can email mathowie or jessamyn and ask them to just delete it. I've had to do that. Honest, it doesn't really hurt.

But now that the thread is populated with comments and snarkiness, it's probably too late for that.
posted by loquacious at 4:26 PM on August 19, 2005


WARNING: Shamless self-promotion ahead

I did a Dub remix of a friend's song which features a delightful rant by Frank Chu at the beginning (of both songs).
posted by basicchannel at 4:29 PM on August 19, 2005


Explosion & Fire in Downtown my pants. Just happened. Could be a burrito - at this point, no one knows.
posted by kirkaracha at 4:59 PM on August 19, 2005


Best thread today!
posted by caddis at 5:27 PM on August 19, 2005


See, if this thread had been closed and nuked kirkaracha wouldn't have been able to make that comment, and it made me laugh. So this has all been worth it.
posted by languagehat at 5:27 PM on August 19, 2005


It's an epidemic! Why does gas hate our freedom??

Could just be the terrorists hate our gas.

I, on the other hand, live with a perpetually exploding bulldog so gas holds no terror for me.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 7:53 PM on August 19, 2005


The gas loves our freedom. The Sicmonians, however, . . . ?
posted by caddis at 8:48 PM on August 19, 2005


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