Last night, as residents of the sleepy San Francisco suburb of San Bruno sat down to dinner, their world exploded in a fireball. Here's a closer look at the carnage.

San Bruno, a suburb about eight miles south of San Francisco, was rocked with a deadly explosion Thursday night at about 6:00 PM PST, that shot flames 100 feet into the air and engulfed dozens of homes. The fire, apparently fueled by a broken gas main, was so devastatingly loud, and the flames, so intense, many initially thought a plane had crashed into the neighborhood. That wasn't the case.

But it wasn't just lives (at least one is dead, with reports of potentially half a dozen others soon to be added to the toll) and homes lost (at least 53 homes, with damage to more than 100 more), it was also cars ‚ÄĒ as residents didn't even have time to grab the keys on their way out of their houses ‚ÄĒ choosing instead to flee on foot. The result? These sad images of a dystopian Terminator-like smoldering wreckage of cars, wagons and other assorted vehicles that didn't make it out of the fire alive.

Also, if you're interested in the particular difficulties of fighting a natural gas fire, check out this San Francisco Chronicle article.


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