Loud explosion heard across Washington DC. “Units on scene at skating rink where there is a haze and broken glass

Mystery blast heard near Navy Yard, Capitol Hill

A mystery blast late on New Year’s night startled residents in parts of the Capitol Hill and Navy Yard areas of Southeast Washington.
Firefighters on Sunday were called to the area of the skating rink in the 200 block of M Street SE about 11 p.m. in response to reports that an explosion was heard, along with the possibility of a fire, the D.C. fire department said.

They came upon haze and broken glass, the department said, and there was no sign of fire.

Fire investigators were called to the scene, but the matter appeared to be one for law enforcement, the department said.

D.C. police said in a Twitter post that officers “have determined a large firework was thrown onto the ice rink and subsequently went off.”

The firework damaged the ice and shattered a pane of safety glass at the edge of the rink, police tweeted. Damage to the ice, apparently included an indentation, similar to a small crater. Police asked the public to provide information or possible video of the incident.


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High-rise buildings nearby apparently served to amplify the sound of the blast. Reports on social media indicated that it was heard as far away as 10th Street and Maryland Avenue in Northeast.

One person tweeted that from a condo closer to RFK Stadium than to Nationals Park, it sounded like thunder on a rainless night. Another Twitter user reported hearing it on the east side of the Anacostia River.

Some Twitter users were skeptical that a firework could have produced such a resounding blast. A video posted online shows smoke rising over the area that appears greater than what could be produced by one or two firecrackers.


h/t Fast ‘n Bulbous


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