At roughly 6:44 this morning I was woken by an explosion. I nudged my boyfriend, James Healey, asking him, “what the f#@* was that?” Dazed and still half asleep he was surprised that I heard it as well, believing it to be in his dream.
Suddenly awake and intrigued, he jumped out of bed, bent his neck out the window and said he saw smoke and police cruisers. He was on the scene within five minutes while I jumped on Twitter to see what had happened. “Blown”, “Davie” #carexplosion and #westend were all trending in the Twitterverse. I quickly absorbed the situation, initially jaded by tweets and first impressions of it being a bomb.
Cops stated that it was an acetylene tank in the back of the car, later confirmed by the owner, a plumber, who had accidentally set it off with his car fob by causing a spark.
According to CBC News and The Vancouver Sun there were no serious injuries from the accident, but two gentleman that were passing by in a vehicle were taken to the hospital for minor abrasions and wounds to the face.
The roads are closed off on Nicola between Robson and Haro, due to pieces of the car strewn everywhere, and shattered glass from the windows of surrounding apartment buildings blanketing the ground. Cops disclosed that up to 12 storeys of the nearby buildings were damaged. Meanwhile, only a small percentage of residents evacuated their buildings, despite fire alarms going off and flames almost literally outside their door.
For high-resolution photos check out James Healey’s set on Flickr.