Tuesday, July 26, 2016

What an Explosion

I'm taking vacation time this week, and Travis is off on Mondays to work on sculpture.

Yesterday I was sitting on the couch in my living room. All the sudden I felt a jolt, and heard a boom. We don't have noticeable earthquakes in Nebraska. If I could imagine what an earthquake feels like, it was similar to that.

Travis was downstairs grinding with headphones on, so he didn't notice a thing.

I went outside to investigate, and noticed nothing. I even made Travis go up to check the roof. He only found a Nerf gun dart.

About a half an hour later I noticed a house blew up in Benson, not too far from me. Number wise the house was on 65th and I live on 76th. It dawned on me, My kids are at Benson Park for camp. My first instinct was to drive over there to see if they were ok. Travis said, "Don't be silly. They'd call us if anything were wrong." So I stayed in my house.

I saw on the news that houses by the one that blew up are unlivable. All those people were sitting outside on a hot day. I thought, Maybe I should do something for those people. Someone brought them water, and another person bought a boy sandals. He was running around barefoot because his shoes were in his house, which was destroyed. It looked as though they were being taken care of. My heart went out to them. I couldn't and can't shake the story from my head.

Before and After Found Here

My first thought was a possible meth lab. That thought disappeared when I found out that the house that blew up was vacant. There was only 1 person in that house, and that was a 30 year old lady that was inspecting it after a tenant was evicted. She was found under the rubble by her husband. Her injuries were so bad that she died. :( Another thought was a gas line, which they do have a gas leak, but that was due to the explosion. I keep wondering if this all has to do with the guy that was evicted. I'm not there, and it's all speculation. There is another adult and a 14 year old child that are at the hospital.

The whole area is taped off. The only people that can get on that street are people that live there. The homicide unit was there last night. Apparently they are called whenever someone dies. Firefighters put out the fire at the home next door that started last night. I just can't imagine being those neighbors, staying in a hotel because their homes are unlivable. Even worse yet the families that have loved ones in the hospital, or the family of the wife and mother that died. It breaks my heart!

When I went to pick up the boys they said the boys saw the explosion, heard it, and felt it. Their camp counselor was able to tell them what had happened from facebook. 


Harry Flashman said...

That's not good. It just reminds a person that every day is like living in an artillery barrage, you don't know if a shell is going to fall in your foxhole or pass by. Every single day.

We have earthquakes here. The last one threw me off the couch, and my daughter came fleeing down the stairs because she thought it was a tornado. We carry earthquake insurance.

~ Noelle said...

Oh no. Rayers for all. Glad your boys are ok.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Wow. That's just so weird (and sad). I hope you get the full story.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Oh my goodness how terrible. Did they ever determine what exactly happened??

Kristi Maloney said...

Wow! Pretty scary that happened right in your neighborhood. We have a few abandoned houses in our town. Ours look much more neglected and eerie with overgrown grass and emptiness.

Indah Nuria Savitri said...

oh my god...that's horrible! We should never take gas leak for granted..

mail4rosey said...

It's awful when something happens like that, just awful. I've had neighborhood'ish things happen that I couldn't shake too. My heart goes out to all involved.

Theresa Mahoney said...

My gosh, that is so scary! And so sad!


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