Explosion in New York City Sends Bystanders Running for Their Lives
Over the weekend, something big happened in New York City.
On Sunday afternoon in Times Square, there was a huge explosion that was heard.
Now, if you know anything about that, you know what everyone was probably thinking. They were remembering 9/11/2001 when the hi-jacked planes flew into the World Trade Center.
As you would expect to happen, people started running away from the sound of the explosion fearing for their lives.
There have been a number of videos of the incident as well as the aftermath showing people running for their lives.
But it wasn’t a bomb or anything menacing. It was the sound of a manhole explosion. Apparently, multiple manholes ended up catching fire somehow and ignited the gases contained in the sewer system causing the explosion.
Thankfully, nobody was injured in the blast, but that doesn’t make it any less unnerving.
Here are a few videos of the incident and aftermath:
In this first video, you can see people start running, but you can’t hear the explosion.
Officials say manhole explosion in Times Square the source of ‘loud boom’ that sent people running in panic
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) April 11, 2022
Here’s yet another video of people running away:
Manhole explosion causes mass panic in New York's Times Square; no reports of injuries pic.twitter.com/nxwSrpAfBy
— BNO News (@BNONews) April 10, 2022
Here is another where you can hear the explosion, but be advised there is some strong language in this video.
I’ll admit it. If I were in New York City and I heard an explosion, I’d probably be running, too. But the problem is that it would likely be hard to really tell what angle the explosion actually came from if you can’t actually see it. New York City is an echo chamber. There are tall buildings that sound just bounces off of. When people start running in one direction, mob mentality actually takes over most of the time and you will likely just follow them regardless. This has been demonstrated through experiments in which people started running and yelling for no reason to see what other would do and more often than not, just follow suit and start running as well even though they’re unsure of what has happened.