Thursday, November 11, 2010

Scary morning

It started with a text from my sister (who lives in Georgia) at 7:41 am that said:

"Don't go anywhere near the Bay Bridge this morning--man with explosives!"


By pure fortune, or God's will/cosmic plan, we're off school today for Veteran's Day, so it was the one weekday I didn't have to cross the Bay Bridge in the morning.

Apparently, there was a "mentally unstable" man in an SUV threatening to either jump off the bridge or detonate explosives.  The standoff went on for two hours, and the upper deck of the bridge was, of course, closed down (which probably meant that like 50% of San Francisco employees were extremely late to work today).

He didn't have explosives, but he did have a gun (which he threw over the side of the bridge into the bay).  Check out this crazy article.  Thankfully everyone's okay.

33 comments:

Jude said...

Oh my gosh, that is crazy! Thankfully you're okay & everyone's okay. Although, my goodness, I can't believe the man's teenage daughter was there - that poor girl!

(Btw, I know it's a total aside, but loved your comment about faraway places seeming so familiar. Whenever it happens, it feels kind of crazy, but nice :)).

Melanie's Randomness said...

Oh dear me. That's ridicolous!! Thank God his daughter or no one else was hurt!!

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Scary and sad. Glad you were out of harms way and that everyone is safe. Crazy business.

drollgirl said...

OHMYGOD! i am so glad you were home today and didn't have to deal with this scene in person! i am scared enough of bridges on a good day! this would have been AWFUL! eeeeee!!!! and i can only imagine the horrific traffic it must have caused!

Marz said...

Oh man that's scary!!! Glad he didn't hurt anyone. His poor daughter, I can't imagine what it must be like for her. It's so scary that at any moment some lunatic could do something crazy like that.
So sweet that your sis is watching out for you! I'm glad you were off today when this happened and I hope you are enjoying your day off!! xo

Gabby said...

Scary!! I'm glad you weren't there and I'm glad it ended without people getting hurt.

jgr said...

WoW! I'm glad you're okay.

Ashley said...

I heard about this on the radio this morning! I was curious as to what was going on! Glad you are safe and that everyone else is as well.

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Wow! Glad you're safe - and everyone else!

bananas. said...

of course i heard about it...people were calling the radio stations from the bridge. freaking nuts man! luckily no one, or thing, was injured.

julianne. said...

holy crap what a scary story.
thats ridic.
glad you were okay dear.<3

miss katie said...

so glad you are ok!

Farah said...

OMG! Thank Goodness you are safe!! HUGS

Tillie said...

claire!! that is so scary! My goodness. And how amazing that you didnt have to go to work, thats a bit too cosmic for me! Glad you are safe beautiful lady xx

Kami*Sue said...

Yikes that is scary!! Talk about good timing on having the day off!

Moe said...

Eeeeek so scary!! I'm glad you had the day off. What a terrible text to wake up to. :( (But that's great of your sister to look out for you!)

erin elder said...

Wow, that is really scary... glad everything is ok.

~KS said...

So glad you're okay... and praying that poor man gets the help he needs. I can't imagine getting to a place in life where you feel that's the only way to deal...

Micaela said...

isn't it sad and make you angry how crazy people are?! and that you could have been there and so many people harmed?!

i am SO GLAD you're safe. i would have kicked his ass if anything happened to you!

love you xoxo

ps. SO EXCITED about what i showed you pics of today!!!!!! ;)
pinch me.. i can't believe my life is going to planned and my heart is full!

heather yalin said...

oh man! SOOO glad you are fine, that you had today off work and didn't have to be panicking on the bridge. And that everybody else is OK too.

Tracy-Girl @ Then I Got To Thinking said...

I was watching this too, and couldn't believe that someone would do this. He obviously needs to seek some mental help. So glad that everyone was okay... what a commute nightmare! Thank goodness you didn't have to sit through it!

Megan said...

Oh my goodness that is so hectic. Glad your ok and it all ended without anyone getting hurt!

bklyn76 said...

glad you're ok!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

How scary! Thank goodness you didn't have to travel that way today!

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

Crazy! So glad today was a day off for you!

this free bird said...

Holy mother of pearl. I was taking in a mouth of sand on the beach around that time. So glad you're okay!!

xoxo,
C

Signe said...

Oh my, that is indeed one scary morning!

orsoifeel said...

Crazy... makes you wonder what could possible drive someone to that? Glad you are safe. xoxo

amylou said...

that is so crazy scary!

just wanted to stop by and thank you for your comment on my blog post a while back. It was a hard day and your comment put a smile on my face. Thanks!

BALLET NEWS said...

Oh gosh, so glad you are ok.

AmericanBridget (Jones) said...

Boy oh boy, I don't miss the commute each day over the BB. I hated that sucker and was always afraid I would get stuck on it during an earthquake. I still have nightmares about that.

I hope you have a blast on your trip. I am actually headed to SF for a biz trip on Mon-Tues. Will be good to be back in my old stompping grounds for a while.

Best,
AmericanBridget

Mrs.B said...

It doesn't have to be Vet's day..."crazy" lives everywhere! Glad you gign't have to travel over it though!

Faiza said...

so happy that you are okay claire.
that is a really scary thing to happen.
i hope this man and his family get the help they need.