So, I frequently joke about how Kansas City is one of the safest places on Earth to live. Terrorists wouldn’t target it, because it would be weeks before anyone would notice. The only thing we really have to worry about here is tornados. (Incidentally, I have an obsession with wind chimes, and Jenna surprised me with a new one last night… it’s really cool… jet black.)

So imagine the weird feeling I got as I left my office yesterday to head downtown for school and I saw THIS ahead of me: (( All photos taken from – The Kansas City Star ))

Photo by David Eulitt

Not really a sight you want to see coming from your downtown area. If it’s an explosion, that’s bad. If it’s a tornado…that big… it’s REALLY bad.

Here’s another picture:

Photo by Jim Barcus

No, I don’t know the guy, but the picture is just unbelievable. It looks like something out of a movie, but it’s real… I saw it with my own eyes.

So, what actually happened was a massive explosion at a chemical plant downtown. The full story is here is you want to read about it. They evacuated a fairly big radius, and then told everyone else… and I’m not making this up… “The smoke and “debris” are not dangerous, but turn off your heat because you don’t want to circulate it through your house, car, or building, and don’t touch any chunks of debris you find on the ground.”

Uhhh. So, I shouldn’t be concerned, but “DON’T GO NEAR IT!!!!”? That makes sense.

So I went ahead and went to school, where… the heat was indeed turned off. That was fun, considering it’s been 10 degrees here for weeks. But still, I thought… how bad can the crap in the air really be?

Check this out:

Photo by Jill Toyoshiba


So… everyone at the school who had asthma was sitting there huffing their inhalers. The rest of us weren’t having trouble breathing, but we’ll all need to sleep in hypobaric chambers for a few weeks now.

I’m glad the government is looking out for me.


  8 comments for “Bang!

  1. February 8, 2007 at 11:20 am


  2. February 8, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    What, no photo of the wind chime???

  3. February 8, 2007 at 12:18 pm

    LoL. I was able to steal these pictures off the Internet. I’ll have to take my camera out and shoot a picture of the chimes tonight… I didn’t get home from school till 10:30 last night. 🙂

  4. February 8, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    Send me a picture of your newly grown mutant appendage when you get it. Unless it’s a third testicle! Then, well, you know. Jenna’s discretion.

  5. Wen
    February 9, 2007 at 12:17 am

    That last photo looks like Los Angeles on a really good air quality day. I don’t understand what you are complaining about.

  6. February 9, 2007 at 10:54 am

    Awwww. He mentioned me!!
    Woooo hoooooooooooooooooooo!
    Dahhhling. I’ll totally get a picture and post it xoxoxo
    Albannach… what appendage?? Huh?? Wha??? Am I on the same page???

  7. February 9, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    I think she was referring to the appendage I’d be growing as a result of toxic exposure…

  8. Kam
    February 11, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    It was cooool! Very tornadic looking, I was able to see it clearly from I-70/I-435 on the KS side.

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