Monday, March 23, 2009

Why my city is cooler than your city

Reason #87342 - Giant Fireballs

A recently received e-mail:

Subject: Notice on TV filming simulated explosion

A simulated explosion scheduled for Wednesday, March 25. Please alert those in your school and your school communities that the explosion is simulated.

Subject: Notice on TV filming event

For the filming of a TV pilot, there will be a simulated explosion on Wednesday, March 25 between 9:30 a.m. and noon near Key Bridge in the District. The explosion will produce a 20 to 30' fireball that will last for approximately 2 minutes.

Please pass along this information to others appropriate. The Department of Homeland Security and D.C. Police and Fire departments have been notified, along with the Washington Airports Authority. The Virginia State Patrol and Arlington Police Department will be contacted. If you have additional questions, contact Kathy Hollinger or Burt Warner with the DC Film Office at ###-###-####.

The explosion will take place on the Potomac River just north of the Key Bridge and Jack's Boathouse (K / Water Street, NW under the Whitehurst Freeway). In the scene to be filmed, there will be six (6) sculling boats on the Potomac River and one of them blows up.

CBS Paramount television is filming a pilot titled "Washington Field." This is a new television series about the elite Washington field office of the FBI and a team of agents with exceptional and diverse skills who are called together for only the most critical cases.

Update: Later reports say that this e-mail was a huge exaggeration, and I assume it must have been, or I would have heard at least as much about these fireballs after they happened as I did before they were supposed to happen.

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