According to CBS2, our neighborhood is set to blast off tonight (Tuesday, December 12) with a planned explosion that’s part of some movie special effects. So, don’t freak out, Greenpoint is not under attack. It’s just some filmmakers doing their thing. The fireball effect and explosion will occur on West Street between Milton & Noble between 5:30-9pm.
It was just about noon on October 6, 1950—a day seemingly like any other day in Greenpoint—but five minutes later all hell would break loose. America was at the height of the Red Scare and news that the Soviets had the bomb was in everyone’s mind. Constant air raid drilling and the creation of local fallout shelters in the case of nuclear war only heightened anxiety even higher.
Suddenly a massive ear splitting explosion at Huron and Manhattan Avenue occurred causing terror. The power of the blast was so great that it blew manhole covers fifty feet in the air like champagne corks and a ten foot section of the street was vaporized. A reinforced concrete sewer was blown to pieces. Five hundred windows were shattered by the powerful explosion as blue flame belched from the manholes. Continue reading
If you missed it a Greenpointer caught the explosion last night on video!
A Greenpointer gave us a heads up about a “note” from city hall about a “rather large” explosion tomorrow night 8/16 around 10pm-11pm – near Commercial St & Franklin St for a film production. So when you hear or see a “fireball” – don’t get scared. Great idea for a date!