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Last night after around 10:30 (I think) we heard a huge whoomp that shook the house. We thought that it was something really heavy that fell - I though that it was the garage. So, taking a look around in the house we found nothing, so I was putting on my coat to take a look around outside. When I stepped out I could see a fire through the trees on the train track. The garage was okay.
So, since it was a big noise, lots of flame we could see ~ 500 feet away, and it looked like it was on the train tracks, we called 911. I wanted to go and take a look, but Laura didn't think that was such a hot idea with the continuing sounds of smaller explosions. Just because "we didn't know what it was" and something about "not wanting to die"... seesh.
Soon someone at the train station held a horn on, I guess as a warning. Then the fire trucks showed up. There was a thick black smoke, but it looked like the fire started to die down by then. One of the neighbours that wasn't concerned about winning a Darwin award came back and told us that it looked like a new truck that someone had set on fire. So my guess is that it was stolen and then burned, which I think happens more often than not.
I've seen cars burn before, having lived in the country where they usually take said stolen cars to burn, but I've never seen / heard one that exploded quite so much. That was our excitement for the night.
If I find any news articles, I'll post them.Posted by jim at November 9, 2008 10:25 AM