A massive explosion leveled a neighborhood in San Bruno (a suburb close to San Francisco), California, yesterday night:
After the initial blast, flames reached as high as 100 feet as the fire fueled itself on burning homes, leaving some in total ruins and reducing parked automobiles to burned out shells. At least 120 homes also suffered serious damage.
Witnesses heard the explosion miles away and said it shot a fireball more than 1,000 feet in the air, sending frightened residents fleeing for safety and rushing to get belongings out of burning homes.
"I thought a 747 had landed on us," Barringer told the Times. "It shook our station right to its foundation."
What could've caused such an explosion? A ruptured 30-inch steel gas pipeline is suspected. Link (Photo: KNTV)
I used to live near San Bruno and a cousin of mine lives there (she's okay), so that sort of hit close to home. But have you ever thought about the ground under your house simply exploding?