Center City Explosions

I’ve been sitting at my desk, next to an open window for several hours, working on an assignment that is due tonight. Taking a break to check my email, I see I have a message from a fellow Metroblog captain, saying that he heard there was an underground explosion in Philadelphia and wanted to know if I was okay. I followed the link he sent and saw that indeed, there have been THREE explosions in Center City today, and that One Penn Center has been evacuated. It certainly explains the hovering helicopter I’ve been hearing all afternoon.

I called a friend who works at 15th and Market, and she was totally unphased. She said that she heard the explosion while walking to lunch with some co-workers. Everyone on the street paused for a moment after the bang, but then returned to normal in about 15 seconds. She thinks that the explosions were closer to Chestnut than to Market, and mentioned that if you went to the windows on the south side of her building, you can see some smoke.

According to the Inquirer
, it was an underground transformer that blew.

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