Tweets From The London Underground Blast Are Absolutely Terrifying
The news on Friday morning didn't start out bright, with reports of an explosion at the Parsons Green station of the London Underground dominating the coverage. Now, there are also many tweets from the London underground blast at Parsons Green that you can look at to see what it was like for the people who experienced it most closely. While the facts still aren't entirely pinned down about the explosion, British authorities are investigating it as a terror attack and the hunt for the person who set off the explosion is still ongoing.
The explosion occurred at 8:20 a.m. local time at Parsons Green, setting off a wave of panic around the station. Since then police have been able to gather a few more piece of information, including the frightening fact that the improvised explosive device, or IED, was actually meant to be more damaging, but it didn't detonate fully. The Guardian reports that 22 people have been transported to various London hospitals, mostly with burn injuries, but that no one is currently in very serious condition.
Several high-ranking politicians have already spoken out about the event, including Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. London Mayor Sadiq Khan released a statement on Twitter, saying that "our city utterly condemns the hideous individuals who attempt to use terror to harm us and destroy our way of life." Through these tweets, you'll be able to see a description of the event through a slightly different lens.
1The Eyewitness Account
The New York Times spoke with a woman who was there, Natalie Belford, and her whole account was as follows:
The train was packed, and I was down the other side of the carriage standing up, looking at my phone and then I heard a big boom and felt this heat on my face. I ran for my life, but there was no way out. The doors were full of people and the carriage was too packed to move down.
17Finally, A Moment Of Humor
It's important to see the humor in dark situations — that's exactly what the terrorists don't want, so it's one way to hand them a small defeat.
The news of this attack gave London a dark mood to start the weekend, but you can also focus on the actions of the people who stepped up to help each other in so many ways, including by offering much needed cups of tea to strangers off the street. As a famous (fictional) resident of the U.K. once said, "Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light."