City Desk

Our Morning Roundup: Ball of Fire Edition

ballofireGood Morning, Washington. Stay out of the heat today and off I-270. Three southbound lanes have been reopened after downed power lines stopped traffic early this morning, but all northbound lanes still remain closed.

For all you cyclists in the District, that pesky bike lane in the center of Pennsylvania Avenue is finally open for your convenience. After a month of deliberation about the lane’s width, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) finally agreed to shave it down to five feet, two feet skinner than the department’s original plan. But cyclists are still concerned.

A ball of fire erupted out of an electrical manhole yesterday evening on the corner of 18th and I streets. According to WaPo, the fire was due to a busted transformer. Although witnesses agree to having seen large quantities of black smoke belching from the hole, there seems to be no general consensus about what the explosion actually sounded like. One witness claims, “it sounded like thunder.” Another said “it sounded like a car crash.” But we know for certain that those two things don’t sound the same. Perhaps the explosion is more dubious than we think.

Teenagers should be wary of strolling around the street after midnight this summer. D.C. police have launched a campaign to warn kids under 17 that breaking the midnight curfew is against the law. In a lousy attempt to imitate teenage vernacular, the campaign has adopted the tag line, “Are U N?” WRC-TV posted the campaign’s hilarious video, too.

Photo by Smoobs/Creative Commons Attribution License

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