Breaking News: Explosion Reported In Hammersmith

By M@ Last edited 18 months ago
Breaking News: Explosion Reported In Hammersmith

AUGUST 13, 2009

Update 14:00: Officials say the fire - caused by a burst gas pipe - is under control. No one was hurt, but the flat is badly damaged. Sounds like end of story, so no more updates unless other developments emerge. Is there a word yet for 'storm in a Twitter teacup'?

Update 12:54: Video appears. Still no word on the severity of the incident. Lots of love for Twitter going round for breaking the story, but this is sounding increasingly like a non-story.

Update 12:37: @keithleddington on the scene says nobody was in the flat, according to fire fighters.

Update 12:34: Still no coverage on mainstream news services. Twitterer @richstock estimates location of explosion on Macbeth Street.

Reports are tweeting in of a large explosion in Hammersmith. Details are still sketchy at best, but the key points seem to be a gas explosion at a block of flats in Riverside Gardens. This post will be updated with any developments.

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Tom Irwin

Thanks for the update keith, now get back to work, or I will arrange your very own explosion directly under your arse in rocket format


This is the problem with Twitter, and citizen journalism in general -- without anybody separating the wheat and the chaff, every blogging Bernstein thinks they've got a scoop on their hands.


Is there a word yet for 'storm in a Twitter teacup'?

From the tweets:

@natalie_shaw tweecup?
@keithleddington maybe a 'twenzy' (a twitter frenzy?!!!)
@TheJT wouldn't be a Twornado would it?