December 5, 2006

I heard it, but had no idea what it was at the time.

I was taking the bus home this morning when we all heard a boom, but I thought maybe the bus ran over something etc. By the time I got off the bus by my house you could see smoke and once I turned on the news I connected the two.

About 30 hurt in Milwaukee explosion
8 minutes ago

An explosion rocked an industrial complex near downtown Milwaukee Wednesday morning, injuring about 30 people and spewing debris into the sky, a fire official said.

The explosion ignited a fire at a Falk Corp. warehouse and could be felt a mile and a half away, fire Lt. Brian O'Connor said. Construction worker Jack Obarski said he was working nearby when he heard a loud boom and saw smoke hundreds of feet in the air.

"Stuff was just flying up in the air," Obarski said.

Construction crews working on buildings in the surrounding area were being sent home by their companies because of concern about smoke from the spreading fire.

The blast destroyed Falk's wood frame warehouse and numerous cars, along with several other buildings in the complex, O'Connor said. The fire spread through rubble covering several blocks.

The injured were being taken to several hospitals.

It was not immediately known what caused the blast.

Falk makes large industrial gears. The explosion occurred near the Potawatomi casino and about a half mile from the Miller Brewing Co.