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Saturday, November 10, 2007


An explosion just shook the house.

Lots of mini explosions afterwards.

Sound of gushing air.

The closest industrial thing to me - about two miles - powerplant.
My lights just flashed.

UPDATE 6:58 PM: Something is gong on. I have a flash light in my lap. Candle burning. A guy calling into a local talk radio show said power is out everywhere. (edited this sentence)

6:59: Radio: Confirming black smoke fires power plant. - Greg Bishop - talk host.

7:00 Radio (Bishop) just said Delavan power plant. Delavan? No way.

7:01 Delavan is in Tazewell County 50 + miles from here. That's not right. That's got to be a verb-o (spoken typo).

7:03 SJ-R:

CWLP explosion knocks out lights

Last Updated 11/10/2007 6:50:30 PM

A major explosion at City Water, Light and Power's generating station has knocked out power to parts of Springfield.

Little information is available about the explosion, which occurred about 5:45 p.m.

A cloud of smoke is hovering over the power plant complex, and some employees are thought to have been in the building where the explosion occurred, according to early traffic on emergency scanner channels.

Watch sj-r.com for further updates.

7:05 P.M. I just drove by there about 20 minutes ago.

7:06 p.m. By the way, WAY TO GO SJ-R!!!!!!!!!!!

7:07 P.M. Sound of helicopter - big - maybe military.

7:09 p.m. Sirens. I don't know. Greg Bishop on WMAY is still saying Delvan on the corner of 72. I-72??? (EDIT: It never was Delavan. The word is Dallman. That's the name of the generating unit at CWLP. Dallman is a name we grew up with in Springfield - at least from the time they added the two smoke stacks). Thanks to Anonymous Communist in the comments for putting that together.)

7:16 Bishop just said Bob Evans (close-by restaurant) has been turned into a rescue staging area. REscue??? OMG!!!

7:16: BArb Ferguson-Fees reporting on radio - news lady - she's out there with her husband. They're also community first responders. I had no idea. Firetrucks leaving the scene _ accidents on Stevenson Drive.

7:18 Radio caller: Toxic gases are being reported - anhydrous and ammonia - 911 is saying get in your cars and close the windows.

7:20: Okay this is me tallking here: If you have to get in your car with windows closed, don't run the engine in the fucking garage. I know you're smarter than that. But, just in case.....

7:24 I have a little headache. Probably psychosomatic.

7:27 Now someone is saying it's a coal dust explosion per Sangamon County Sheriff's Department. No injuries. No fatalities.

7:29: RAdio caller: Black cloud going down Dirksen Parkway.

Backing up to starting at 7:16 p.m.: I'm getting tens of hits from Google. That is very very fast of Google - less than a half hour.


That's me quoting the SJ-R breaking news page at the time. Also, just FYI mostly for my own memory: I initially Twittered the explosion.

7:50 p.m.: It seems everything is now okay. They shut down some roads. Some vehicle accidents. No injuries at the power plant. Closed the I-55 exit at Stevenson Drive. What else? Oh yeah, the power is back on everywhere. Never went off here. This thing is pretty much over for tonight. There'll be more in the newspaper in the morning.

Last update at 8:06 p.m. Also this evening there was a transformer explosion at La Habra, California, as Twitted by Skell, who initially thought it was an earthquake. Via Karoli. I want to say something sociologically relevant. But, all I can think of is, Amazing.

Posted by Marie at November 10, 2007 6:56 PM


Re: "Delevan"... they probably meant "Dallman."

Posted by: Anonymous Communist at November 10, 2007 7:52 PM

AC: You're absolutely right. Thank you. I should have realized.

Posted by: Marie at November 10, 2007 7:56 PM

Glad you're safe, kid. :)

Posted by: Ben at November 10, 2007 7:58 PM

I do appologize for the mis-pronounciation of the name "Dallman". Many reports coming in from all sides can be quite flustering. Thankfully there were no injuries reported and all personelle have been accounted for.

Posted by: Greg Bishop at November 10, 2007 9:44 PM

Thanks, Ben.

Greg, no problem. It was really wild, especially at the beginning. I imagine all your phone lines started lighting up at the same time. You held up with aplomb.

Posted by: Marie at November 10, 2007 9:52 PM

Thanks for the updates! I've been tracking this from San Diego tonight. Good to hear everyone is ok.

Posted by: Bradjward at November 10, 2007 10:49 PM

Brad, meet my friend Ben (a couple comments up from you). He lives in San Diego.

Posted by: Marie at November 11, 2007 1:27 AM


Posted by: Ben at November 11, 2007 11:58 AM

I agree, Marie. Amazing. Love your live blogs. Springfield must be where all the action is. Google has me listed for an entry I posted just moments ago. They are very fast. Be careful what you put out there on the net. You may not be able to take it down fast enough if you feel the need.

Posted by: Rob Author Profile Page at November 12, 2007 6:42 PM