Shortly before 1:45 this morning, an explosion echoed through Seattle. My roommate and I were both up when it happened. It sounded like a heavy dresser falling in the room above us, followed by a loud boom. What actually happened was a natural gas leak ignited several blocks south of us, annihilating one building and damaging surrounding ones. Later that afternoon, I walked down to where the remains of Neptune Coffee, Mr. Gyros, and Quick Stop Grocery were surrounded by police, caution tape, and utilities personnel. These are some of the photos I took.
The north blockade started at 87th Street. Business owners who worked in the cordoned off area were escorted to their businesses by a police officer.
To the east, police blocked off everything west of Phinney Ave, which runs parallel to Greenwood Ave N.
The police had the sidewalks blocked off on the southern side of 84th Street. Despite their building being damaged by fire, the employees at Greenwood Chocolati Café were busy giving firefighters free coffees, which I witnessed shortly before snapping this photo.
The fire was out by 10:30 am (source: Q13 Fox News), but firefighters were still pouring water on it when I took this photo at 2:23 pm.
Notice the interview being conducted across the street, and the giant hole in the road.
Glass on the ground near Greenwood Chocolati Café.
The side of Greenwood Chocolati Café. Still open despite damage to the windows. They are on the corner of 84th and Greenwood, just across the street from the blast.
All that’s left of Neptune Coffee, Mr. Gyros, and Quick Stop Grocery.
As I headed west down 84th, I saw other windows broken by the blast.
There was even debris on the roofs.
For more information on the blast and fundraisers to help those businesses and employees affected by it, go here and here.