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Kaymyth

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Last year, one morning a rumbling noise woke me briefly before I drowsed back off again.

After we both were up properly, I asked my DH if we'd had a thunderstorm this morning.  He said no, and was obviously trying not to look at me like I was nuts.

Driving to work, I found I had to go the long way out of the street because there were police and fire trucks on the corner of Our Street and Big Street.  I learned the rest of the story as the day went on.

That morning, someone driving way too fast for the road lost control of their van, careened across the oncoming lanes of traffic and slammed into a corner house's garage.  It was an impressive feat, as they managed to hit just the right angle to slide in between the tree and fence.  The house caught on fire.  One of the occupants was elderly, and had a stash of oxygen tanks beside the garage.

The booming noise that had woken me that morning was those oxygen tanks exploding.

Amazing, nobody was killed, and the residents were renters, so their losses weren't as great as they could have been.  The house was gutted and had to be completely rebuilt.  It's now for sale way overpriced for the tiny little thing that it is, and we don't expect that they're going to actually sell it anytime soon.

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Apparrently our old neighborhood was where all the criminals liked to hide out.  It was a townhouse community and the back yards were very dark.  At least once or twice a month there would be a police helicopter hovering with a searchlight.

I was so glad when we moved out of there.

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We had a home invasion in my old neighborhood. In our house. Where my kid still lives. Yikes!

Before that, the most dramatic thing that happened was a gang showdown (complete with random shooting) that took place between neighbors at the back of our neighborhood - new neighbors moved into a house and it was discovered that the people already living next door were from a rival street gang. Thankfully, that was the only time anything like that had happened, and the neighborhood has been on the upswing until last night's incident.

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I don't know if this counts, but the coal seam between us and the next village is burning again- closer to the road this time!
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I'm not sure if this counts


One night a few years back, while everyone was sleeping, we were hit by an earthquake - the whole house was shaking.  The kids ran into my room panicked, wondering what was happening - I groggily said its just an earthquake, go back to bed.  (can you tell I grew up in an are that had several minor "quakes")
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Does anyone remember the crash of Swissair flight 111 in 1998?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swissair_Flight_111

Right before it crashed, that plane flew over our neighborhood a couple of times- I think it was circling around, looking for a place to dump fuel, trying to make Halifax international airport. Unfortunately it never made it, crashing into St Margaret`s bay. Given how fast planes tend to move, that means a span of time of probably seconds making the difference between that plane going down into water or into a populated area. (We are not too far away from where it went down)

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My backyard is on a hill overlooking a 4-lane highway.  There is a row of trees that generally blocks my view of the road and somewhat muffles the traffic sounds.  One winter day I heard the *THUD*SMASH* of an accident, but couldn't see anything.  About 15 minutes later the med-evac helicopter arrived and landed in the road directly behind my house.  Because the trees didn't have any leaves, I had a clear view of the copter.   The accident itself was blocked from my view by the hill and the way the road curves at that point.  The next day I learned a northbound car had crossed the median and had a head-on collision with a southbound car.

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A few years ago I was on my way to work and the street I usually take was blocked by a number of police vehicles. 

It seems that an armed man was holding a family hostage in their apartment.

The scariest part was that the building was directly across a narrow street from a school.     

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When my husband was a boy, my IL's lived next to a gas station along rt 1 in Laurel, MD (they've moved since).  There was a fence between the gas station's property and that of my IL's, but one night a guy who was probably drunk or something, rammed through the fence and ran right into the IL's house, striking it right under DH's room. 

From what I recall of the story, the house was okay for the most part, no one was hurt and in fact DH was such a sound sleeper that he slept through the whole thing and had to be told what happened the next day. 
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Does anyone remember the crash of Swissair flight 111 in 1998?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swissair_Flight_111

Right before it crashed, that plane flew over our neighborhood a couple of times- I think it was circling around, looking for a place to dump fuel, trying to make Halifax international airport. Unfortunately it never made it, crashing into St Margaret`s bay. Given how fast planes tend to move, that means a span of time of probably seconds making the difference between that plane going down into water or into a populated area. (We are not too far away from where it went down)

Hi neighbour,

I remember it well.  And you're correct. The flight turned to make an emergency landing at YHZ but were told to dump the extra fuel before making the attempt.

For me personally, watching a Sea King fly over the harbour (19th floor) and seeing a part drop off. :o
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Does anyone remember the crash of Swissair flight 111 in 1998?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swissair_Flight_111

Right before it crashed, that plane flew over our neighborhood a couple of times- I think it was circling around, looking for a place to dump fuel, trying to make Halifax international airport. Unfortunately it never made it, crashing into St Margaret`s bay. Given how fast planes tend to move, that means a span of time of probably seconds making the difference between that plane going down into water or into a populated area. (We are not too far away from where it went down)

Hi neighbour,

I remember it well.  And you're correct. The flight turned to make an emergency landing at YHZ but were told to dump the extra fuel before making the attempt.

For me personally, watching a Sea King fly over the harbour (19th floor) and seeing a part drop off. :o

Somehow oops doesn't quite work in that situation

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I remember being in a rural hotel in Louisiana, when I heard a noise coming from the ceiling. I was terrified it might be a rat or something.

Instead, it was geckos. Love the little critters, so that was not scary or dramatic, but charming.
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I remember being in a rural hotel in Louisiana, when I heard a noise coming from the ceiling. I was terrified it might be a rat or something.

Instead, it was geckos. Love the little critters, so that was not scary or dramatic, but charming.
I live in Hawaii.  We gots choke geckos (translated from pidgin - We have a lot of geckos).  I love the little critters, too, but they cannot be housebroken.  If they get in your house, you will have gecko poop all over, especially on the window sills.  I inspected a laboratory at a wastewater treatment plant.  The lab failed the inspection because they could not keep the geckos out and there was gecko poop all over everything, bringing into question their sanitation practices and lab results.

So I love geckos, but I insist on loving them outside.

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Many years ago, I was cleaning my apartment while talking with my friend on the phone. I was putting something away in the linen closet and at the same time I closed the door, what sounded like a gun shot happened. Thinking it was something I had done with the door, I tried to recreate the sound, nope. I said to my friend, "Wow, that was interesting, I think someone just got shot." However, since I lived in a pretty quiet apt building I didn't think much of it.

Ten minutes later, there was a knock at my door, I opened it and it was the guy from next door, asking me if I was okay, and if anyone else was in the apartment. Being a wise single woman living in the city, I became very cautious and didn't answer his question, and I had my door slightly cracked, preparing to shut it. He went on to tell me that he was cleaning his gun and it went off, and he wanted to make sure everyone was okay. I told him I was, thanked him, then closed the door (and locked it.)

I went to the room that shared the wall and sure enough, there was a hole in the wall and one in the wall across the room. I taped some paper over it and went to bed. The next morning I called the apartment super and they came to fix it a few weeks later. The guys next door were evicted, but only after my friend (and upstairs neighbor) called the manager's office again to push the issue. (I had asked to have them moved bc I didn't feel comfortable living next door to them.)


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Isn't step one of cleaning your gun to unload the gun? It's a bit mind-boggling how many people apparently forget that step.