View Full Version: loud explosion in lower east side

08/11/2013, 10:45 AM
just sitting here watching tv and an explosion happened about a block away. think lightning(which almost never happens here) hit a transformer. now its pouring...hard. the explosion shook my building which is a strata almost completely cement. scared the you know what out of me.
Danger Bunny
08/11/2013, 05:16 PM
So was it an explosion or just thunder? I was at work one day years ago and a crack of thunder went off right overhead and it sounded like something huge (like another building huge) was dropped on the roof. As the rumble died down all the car alarms in the area were going off...
08/11/2013, 10:42 PM
definitely not thunder. think it was a transformer being hit by lightning. or both at same time depending on how far it was. if it was too far it would not be simultaneous. i am originally from Edmonton and have much experience with all types of bad weather. Vancouver gets almost none of it...ever. that may sound good to most but after 6 months of rain with no thunder or lightening it gets quite boring... especially when the sun is behind clouds all of winter.
08/11/2013, 10:54 PM
That's funny. I am IN Edmonton and the same thing pretty much just happened here. Several blocks away, and I am in a townhouse so there was no earth shattering kaboom to be felt for me.
Raw Milk
08/11/2013, 11:18 PM
I'm located somewhat near the W. Broadway NCIX location and I thought it was an explosion...
08/12/2013, 06:23 AM
wow, that far. i am in gastown.
Mr. Friendly™ [CGN]
08/12/2013, 06:32 AM
RM, we must be neighbours...almost! I live behind the W. Broadway NCIX on Cypress. also, I heard the event as well...thought it was thunder.
08/12/2013, 07:45 AM
from that distance it would. thunder is the shock wave caused by the lightening strike. at that distance there would have been a separation of the strike and thunder( not much at that distance). here is what thunder is supposed to sound like at 300m distance of the strike... what i heard had less rumble and was far louder like a car bomb. this may be because of the distance from the waterfront. thunder sounds differently close to or on water then it does in places like the prairies. This message was modified by the poster at 08 12, 2013 07:45 AM
08/12/2013, 08:22 AM
It was thunder. I was waiting in the pouring rain at 42nd and Cambie waiting to start a softball game. It was almost exactly at 10:45am.
Greg *
08/12/2013, 09:44 AM
I was at 25th and Renfrew St. yesterday about that time (was on my way to Playland). Saw the flash and heard the thunder about 4-5 seconds later.
08/12/2013, 12:54 PM
You do not want to be going on any rides during a thunder storm.
Greg *
08/12/2013, 01:24 PM
Quote: (Zer0 @ Aug 12 2013, 12:54 PM)

You do not want to be going on any rides during a thunder storm.
Puts some actual fear into the atmosfear.
Lord Emperor
08/12/2013, 01:38 PM
This woke me up Sunday morning, whatever it was it was audible from Knight St.
08/12/2013, 04:29 PM
Quote: (Greg * @ Aug 12 2013, 09:44 AM)

4-5 seconds later
based on that i would not be surprised my building is where the lightening hit...or a neighbor.
08/13/2013, 07:02 AM
It's been a damned long time since I've seen any lightning or heard any thunder. Over here, I don't think there's ever been any. Ever. Some of the locals would probably think it was the end of the world if they saw/heard a thunderstorm. Not joking.