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Radio Shack exploded this morning Answered

In New York City, a Radio Shack exploded this morning. Well, to be more accurate, the sidewalk right in front of it exploded. A manhole explosion led to a transformer catching fire which led to 100 people being evacuated. So far, it looks like nobody was hurt, which is pretty amazing.

But still, a "manhole explosion"? They just explode now? I thought that only happened in Die Hard.

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JamesRPatrick

8 years ago

Anyone else wondering how someone knew when to take this picture, considering how fast the explosion was? Seems a little suspicious to me, unless that column of fire burned continuously.

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JamesRPatrickGoodhart

Reply 8 years ago

With a resolution like that and not aimed at an intertsection? Seems improbable.

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caitlinsdadJamesRPatrick

Reply 8 years ago

This clip is not of the same place but if you have gas pipes and other stuff to burn...  Yep, people do take a smoke break watching these things.

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monnster

8 years ago

What's more wonderful than that? MANHOLES EXPLODING?!!?!?!?!? 

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Kryptonitemonnster

Reply 8 years ago

The only possible explenation I can think of is methane build up, and then some one lit a match...

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squit101Kryptonite

Reply 8 years ago

 A frustrated customer spontaneously combusted

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twocvbloke

8 years ago

Somebody had their beans that day.... :P

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Yerboogieman

8 years ago

Are the electronic parts okay?

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GoodhartYerboogieman

Reply 8 years ago

That one still carries electronic parts?   Wow, a rare RS indeed  >:-) 
 
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YerboogiemanGoodhart

Reply 8 years ago

I hate the annoying employee's that hang up on you if they don't know what a NPN transistor is or if they have one. You applied and work at an electronics store, you'd better know what electronic parts are and what they are for.

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GoodhartYerboogieman

Reply 8 years ago

I think that is why they hid them away in a little drawer in the back of the store,  hoping they could phase out having to carry "electronic parts" in a store for "electronic parts"  *sigh*

They have a new slogan: 
"You've got questions?    We tell you to sod off......"
 
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Goodhartporcupinemamma

Reply 8 years ago

Whoa,  thank you !!! I missed that pun and never saw it coming.....Good one !
 
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porcupinemammaGoodhart

Reply 8 years ago

Goodhart, you have a good heart. I'm glad to be getting to know you. 

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Goodhartcaitlinsdad

Reply 8 years ago

Of course, every bright light also creates it's shadows....
 
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caitlinsdadGoodhart

Reply 8 years ago

The hills have eyes, and darkness is our friend...

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Goodhartcaitlinsdad

Reply 8 years ago

I will never cross over to the Dark side  >:-) 
 
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porcupinemammaGoodhart

Reply 8 years ago

Of course this doesn't mean I don't love the Van Morrison song that refers to the "Dark side of the Moon"

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porcupinemammacaitlinsdad

Reply 8 years ago

Awwwwwwwwwww :0) {{{  }}} makes me feel all "bright and breezy." Very nice!

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Goodhartporcupinemamma

Reply 8 years ago

Thanks, I do try my best and don't always succeed  :-)  It is always good to get to know you as well as others, also.
 
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MacGyver1138Goodhart

Reply 8 years ago

I used to work at a Radio Shack, and we actually had to do training on the parts.  It wasn't terribly in depth, but it did get you familiar with all of the parts and their purposes.  It seems like the training is no longer required, because the employees I see in the stores know very little about them.

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GoodhartMacGyver1138

Reply 8 years ago

Yeah sorry, no offense to those trained in the past;  I just know the present day local one's couldn't point out the difference between a triac and tripod.

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MacGyver1138Goodhart

Reply 8 years ago

No offense taken.  I was just pointing out how disappointing it is that they no longer seem to require training on what used to be the biggest reason to go to their stores.

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GoodhartMacGyver1138

Reply 8 years ago

I suppose because us Makers are so few in number anymore.  Or we get our stuff online and cheaper?  I still like to have a place to go to in case I need a 4017 decade counter for a project.....even the "other" electronics store we had in the area (gone so long I can't remember the name) has folded.
 
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YummyPancakesYerboogieman

Reply 8 years ago

 I remember once when I was a local RS and had forgotten Ohm's law. It took half an hour for the cashier to call his friend, who then called his other friend, who told the cashier's friend, who then told the cashier, who then told me. All I wanted was a resistor.

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RedneckEngineer

8 years ago

Fire sale on all LED's 50% off.  Get them while they are HOT!

Sorry I couldn't resist....

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CameronSS

8 years ago

Are they selling exploding manholes at RadioShack now? If they are, I'm definitely giving them a second chance.

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KentsOkaycaitlinsdad

Reply 8 years ago

 ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST!!

>crosses another name off of the Best Buy corporate hit-list

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CameronSSKentsOkay

Reply 8 years ago

What, were they worried that another chain was becoming as sucky as them and providing competition?

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caitlinsdadCameronSS

Reply 8 years ago

But Sir, would you like an extended warranty with that?

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Yerboogiemancaitlinsdad

Reply 8 years ago

Sorry sir, the extended warranty is only available if you buy 10 at a time.

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porcupinemammacaitlinsdad

Reply 8 years ago

and before they will let you out of the store, they try and get your postal code and phone number....dark...very dark! ;0)

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KentsOkayporcupinemamma

Reply 8 years ago

 Hey hey hey!! Dont be hating!!
A: they are not extended warranties, they are protection plans. Some are good, some arent. The ones on GPS, home and car audio, and home theatre equipment fricken rock, the others marginally to incredibly less so.
B: REWARD ZONE FTW hehe, what other electronics retailer does that? 

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CameronSSKentsOkay

Reply 8 years ago

Yeah, I want an extended warranty, that way when the piece of junk I bought there falls apart a week later I can pay them to not fix it, rather than it simply sitting in my house where I can not fix it.

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caitlinsdadCameronSS

Reply 8 years ago

Yeah, have them park that Geekmobile in the driveway, to announce to the world that you are a noob and can't figure out that the plug on the end of the cord goes into that rectangular shaped thing on the wall.

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KentsOkaycaitlinsdad

Reply 8 years ago

 Not everything is junk, and somebody has to get folks straitened out :D