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 http://kansascity.com – The Kansas City Star ))
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:
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:
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.