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Incidents in Your Area Answered

This may seem strange, but seeing as we all live in vastly different areas, I was just wondering if you could each share a little bit of local history. Have there been any major incidents in your area, and if so, have you witnessed any of them? It could be good, such as a movie filmed on your location, or bad.

Three come to mind for me.
First:
There was an explosion at the Altlas Foundry in Tacoma, it knocked out power as far as Gig Harbor. I remember the lights going out and hearing about the explosion, but until recently, I never knew just how large the explosion was. I am amazed at how massive it was, I heard it was one of the largest BLEVE in history.



Second:

Galloping Gertie of course! That goes without saying.


Third:
This.
https://www.instructables.com/community/Man_Crashes_Through_a_Building/

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vicvelcro

6 years ago

Stuff like this happens often, around here. We don't think much about it until things get quiet, then we get nervous...

Flight 255 (I was right there)
Flight 253
Fermi-1
The Michigan Murders
Tornado Outbreak (just one of several)
Snow (just one example)
Earthquakes and Train Derailments
Environmental Disaster (one example)
Race Riot 1
Race Riot 2
Riot 3 (allegedly not racial)
You Paid for IT ("Imported from Detroit" - worth bragging about, Chrysler)
Bridge

Add other riots, collapsing infrastructure, disastrous political and social corruption, and so much more.

Say "YES" to Michigan, and drop in for a visit. Take a stoll and leave on parole, after your vacation you can enjoy probation.

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triumphmanlemonie

Reply 6 years ago

Mickey Rourke was cool in the Expendables movie. He was a Tattoo artist, knife throwing, bike (chopper) riding, ex-mercenary type dude! Oh yes, and a man who appreciated the opposite sex. He made some weird movies in his day. One crazy one was "Harley-Davidson & the Marlboro Man"

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lemonietriumphman

Reply 6 years ago

He has a reputation, no doubt carefully-crafted...

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patriots8888

6 years ago

Here in northern virginia, we had a huge flood. Our local baseball field was under 6 feet of water it was crazy. We also had a sniper on the loose who traveled through the woods. That's just recently, I haven't lived long enough to see what else

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ChrysN

6 years ago

I heard Mount St. Helens erupt. I was in Vancouver (Canada), it was pretty loud.

Also Shia Lebeouf was beat up here.  Plus we had riots here the last two times we lost in the Stanley cup finals. Then there was a serial killer (Willie Pickton) who killed 49 women.  But we did have the Olympics here 2 years ago, that was kind of fun.

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ilpug

6 years ago

I live in Northern California. About the biggest incidents we have here are the occasional murderer on the loose, and wild fires. Occasionally a drought.

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seabananers

8 years ago

i live in nova sctia we had hurrican juan

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Hopefuloneseabananers

Reply 6 years ago

I thought of Nova Scotia and "The Halifax Explosion." As devastating as that was, and with the thousands killed, and many more thousands injured, I bet the destructive energy of the hurricane was greater. I suppose that the biggest difference was that the hurricane spreads its energy and devastation across a huge area--unlike the equivalent to 2.9 kilotons of TNT blowing up in the city's harbor.

http://www.cbc.ca/halifaxexplosion/
Largest accidental explosion in history.

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bassclarinet23

8 years ago

I live in a mild suburb and we had a murder/suicide near my house not to long ago. It's weird: you see those things on the news, but you never expect them to occur near your town.

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CameronSS

8 years ago

The Big Thing here was the Topeka Tornado of 1966. It injured over 500, killed 16, destroyed 820 houses, and caused over $100 million in damage. You can still pick out the path today by the swath of trees that are all less than 43 years old. According to that map, it passed less than a mile away from this house. The pictures and videos I'm dragging up are quite terrifying...there's a shot of it that could actually have been taken from my house, the trees weren't there 43 years ago.

Footage from 1966-

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V-Man737

8 years ago

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid once stayed here while hiding from the law. Ever since then, things have been sedentary. Seriously.

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Zaphod Beeblebrox

9 years ago

our friends friends nephew was beaten to death a couple of months ago.it was in a ton of newspapers and everything. we saw it on the news in ocean city

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Kiteman

9 years ago

This is Eastest Anglia - the nearest we get to events is some mildly excessive weather and the occasional high tide.

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lemonieKiteman

Reply 9 years ago

And murdered hookers... Did Dickens' train crash in Cambridgshire? L

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Kitemanlemonie

Reply 9 years ago

That's miles away - might as well be another country to most locals.

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lemonieKiteman

Reply 9 years ago

OK, anything get washed-up? No that wouldn't be very interesting, mmm, doesn't the Queen have a holiday spot over there somewhere? Lots of stuff happens near me.... L

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Rock Soldierlemonie

Reply 9 years ago

Lots of stuff happens near me....
Same over here. What area do you live in?

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Kitemanlemonie

Reply 9 years ago

I believe she has a small place near-by. I work an arrow's flight from the most easterly point in England, and will be posting a map of it in a near-future ible.

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lemonieKiteman

Reply 9 years ago

Speaking of maps, here's one of global internet lines: L

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Goodhart

9 years ago

1972 brought us a lady by the name of Agnes. She was only a category 1 hurricane, but she brought flooding I STILL remember.
My room at home was in the basement at this time, and I remember stepping off my 4 inch high raised floor, onto what SHOULD have been cool dry concrete, only to have my feet immersed in 3 inches of cold water. Quite the shock, really.

While Bush was still in office, he drove down our main street amidst cheering on one side of the street and booing on the other. Needless to say, he did not stop to chat.

And, not the brightest spot in local history: in July of 1969, when I was nearly 11 years old, in the city just across the river, we had severe race riots.

In the town on my side of the river, we have Columbia. The original residents were the Susquehannocks (where the Susquehanna river gets it's name) and the Shawnee. The famous Wrights Ferry is located here. Wright and town citizens renamed the town Columbia in honor of Christopher Columbus in the hope of influencing the U.S. Congress to select it as the nation’s capital, a plan George Washington favored. A formal proposal to do so was made in 1789. Unfortunately for the town, when Congress voted in 1790, the final tally was one vote short. Later, Columbia narrowly missed becoming the capital of Pennsylvania. Harrisburg was chosen instead, since it is closer to the state’s geographical center.

Because of the burning of the Wright's Ferry bridge, General Lee had to withdraw his troups (wanting to attack Harrisburg), and instead got rerouted to Gettysburg.....the rest is history.

One last piece of positive history: Columbia also became a stopping-off site on the Underground Railroad. Slaves seeking freedom were transported across the Susquehanna and often fed and given supplies on their way north to other states and Canada. To slave hunters from the South, the slaves simply disappeared, leading one hunter to declare that there "must be an underground railroad here."


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GoodhartSpl1nt3rC3ll

Reply 9 years ago

Yeah, and that is really just the tip of the iceberg really. :-)

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skunkbait

9 years ago

Wikipedia- "There were several accidents in Titan II silos resulting in loss of life and/or serious injuries. In August 1965, 53 construction workers were killed when hydraulic fluid used in the Titan II caught fire in a missile silo northwest of Searcy, Arkansas. " This happened less than a mile from the house. I think it was the worst accident of it's variety in the US.

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Sunbanks

9 years ago

At the moment I can only think of the time some guy got run over by a forklift and the huge storm in December of 2007. There was a lot of flooding and mudslides and a restaurant got washed away by one.Apparently a Walmart and a McDonalds flooded also. Power was out for a week, which was fun for like the first day, but then I was very unhappy about the lack of internet... You know those orange plastic fences that are about 3 feet tall they have on the side of the road sometimes because of construction or something? Yeah that's what the first picture is of and the water there was pretty deep. There was also about five feet of water on I-5.

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whatsisface

9 years ago

My city is one of the places Robin Hood supposedly frequented, along with the surrounding area. The first ever tanks were invented, designed and built in my city by William Foster & Co. Ltd during the First World War. Boolean algebra was inveted a couple of streets away from me, and I can catch a bus to the place Isaac Newton lived. The Cathedral was used as the set for Westminister Abbey in "The Da Vinci Code". There's other stuff too, but I forget.

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Kitemanwhatsisface

Reply 9 years ago

It's also the place where your county stockpiles all it supplies of "steepness".

Or did they build the hill, just to get away from the smell of brassicas?

;-)

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Rock Soldier

9 years ago

I found this article about a riot in the 60's.

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Rock Soldier

9 years ago

I live about a mile or two from Detroit. Does that count as my local area?