A lot of people are going to criticise this dad and, yes, if he’s a local and he knows that’s a fertiliser plant and he knows exactly how explosive fertiliser is then he’s pretty dumb. So I’ll come clean, here are some of my biggest dumb moments.
From the last rocket war with Gaza:
I have an admission to make. When the alarms sounded in Tel Aviv for the very first time, I was at home, alone. My wife and kids were eating pizza nearby, and I didn’t run to our room. I hung around near the door to my balcony which has a view to the south of most of Tel Aviv and Ramat Gan. I thought maybe I’d see something. When the alarm went silent and I still hadn’t seen anything I thought for a second, false alarm. Then my home shook with an impact and I realised how stupid I had been.
From the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami:
The other dumb moment in my life saved by others: watching the sea in Sri Lanka recede by a mile and not figuring out that the greatest Tsunami in recent history is about to come flowing through my hotel. I have a PhD in Physics, I had watched every Nat Geo and Discovery channel program about the phenomenon and the only thing that saved me was the fabulous hotel staff shooing all the guests out of the garden and up the stairs to higher levels before the sea came flooding through our strong concrete hotel.
Fortunately very few of us have experienced a massive explosion far enough away not to hurt us but close enough to really know about it. Don’t mess with this stuff. Run as far away as you can and don’t give a moment’s thought to not getting it on video, especially with your kids near you.
h/t to Hugo on Facebook for showing me the video.