Elayne Riggs' Journal (for Leah)

Sunday, May 02, 2010

You Heard It Here... Only

It's not often nowadays that I witness something that I can't find corroborated online. But when Robin and I were driving home from shopping yesterday, 'round about 1 PM, we turned the corner from Van Cortlandt Park South onto Broadway and saw... a car on fire. In the middle of Broadway, right by the intersection. Like a bomb had gone off or something. Black smoke pouring out of it and everything. I thanked fortune that we had done our local errands earlier in the day.

So naturally we both scoured the Google today looking for any mention of this. Nothing on the local sites, nothing on the New York sites - nothing anywhere. Plenty of stuff about the car bomb in Times Square a few hours later, but absolutely nothing about what, for all we know, might have been a Bronx-based dress rehearsal. In the 21st century I'm so used to having my eye-witness experiences confirmed by later news reports that when I see something horrific actually happening and no news source picks up on it, I start to wonder if I ought to trust my lying eyes.

I just hope there wasn't anyone in that car.


Carolyn said...

I did see a cab on fire by Central Park, but the firemen were there dousing it. The car was gutted.