A police officer runs towards the fire (Getty Images: Justin Sullivan)

A police officer runs towards the fire (Getty Images: Justin Sullivan)

San Bruno is a small town just south of San Francisco, on the peninsula. Apparently, a couple of hours ago, a neighborhood exploded.

Witnesses reported hearing a huge explosion. An entire neighborhood is engulfed in flames, and so far 12 homes have been confirmed destroyed. PG&E has just confirmed that it is a ruptured natural gas line under Sequoia Ave and Sneath Lane.

Another view of the San Bruno fire. (Photo by osxdude via SFist.com)

Another view of the San Bruno fire. (Photo by osxdude via SFist.com)

Photo by RodrigoBNO via SFist.com

Photo by RodrigoBNO via SFist.com

Current updates indicate the fires are moving from house to house, and the nearby hospital has reported a large number of people with injuries. Flights in and out of SFO are operating and on time. Residents displaced by the fire can find food and shelter at the Veterans Rec Center at 251 City Park Way in San Bruno.

This is just incredibly weird. I can’t help but wonder if there are shenanigans, because a gas main blowing up is just something that doesn’t happen with any regularity. The last one I can even recall reading about was in New York City several years ago. Kyle speculates that this would be a good pilot project for a terrorist attack on infrastructure. A test run on a soft target (residential neighborhood in a low-risk area) would be one logical step toward such an attack.

On an entirely unrelated note, when I drove to class this morning, the entire campus was blocked off and posted “campus closed until further notice”. The emergency turned out to be a campus-wide power outage. I suspect the construction crews that are working there. Last semester they kept setting off the evacuation alarm. It wouldn’t surprise me overmuch to learn that they somehow severed power for the whole college.

One Response to “Holy Crap San Bruno's On Fire”
  1. Sigivald says:

    Various pipelines blow up (with or without fire) pretty often.

    Mainly because there’s so damn many of ‘em.

    They just don’t make the news as much when they’re not in a dense residential neighborhood… especially one in or near a coastal city the national media cares about.

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