Today (October 16th, technically yesterday) was a bit of a strange day for me. Around 11:15 or 11:30 at work, we noticed the not entirely unusual din of sirens were all stopping nearby. Then we noticed a flood of people coming out of the building next door. There were cops all around. The one we could see most clearly was very adamantly stopping people from driving near the building. Several people attempted to re-enter and were quickly turned around. We couldn’t really see anything but people outside, though. Then, maybe 20 minutes later, we hear that we are to evacuate our building (200 South Hanley). Not a huge deal, a break from work on a gorgeous, if slightly cool, day.
Throng of people lined up along Hanley doesn’t really know what’s going on. I heard everything from having to do with Barack Obama (who will be in town on Saturday) to an explosion or bomb of some sort. After about an hour standing around, we hear it would be at least 4 hours to get back into our building, so we should just go home. I park in the lot under the building where all this is happening, so, I have no car. By this time, word on the street is that it was a bomb, also heard a description of a pretty badly-injured person. Several people felt it and heard it, but I did not. Figuring there was not a chance I’d see my car anytime soon, I hitched a ride with someone that parks in our building.
Turns out, word on the street was pretty much right. A packaged incendiary device in the parking garage exploded and severely injured one man, though the press release said “non life threatening”. So, at some point today, I was parking my car in the garage, and someone could have been planting a bomb then. That is really pretty terrifying! I parked way down on the lowest level and this all took place on the highest level that I believe is only for tenants of the adjacent condo high-rise, but still. I’ve heard that anyone parked in that garage can now be escorted to their car, and I would imagine they will still be fairly tight about security tomorrow – I suppose I’ll find out.
I hope I don’t see another day that eventful for quite some time.