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March 14, 2010

Car Fire On Brooklyn Bridge = Commute Fail

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Today at 4:20 p.m. my wife looked out our window and said, "Oh, gosh, there's a car on fire on the bridge." This isn't the kind of thing she says often, so, naturally, I grabbed my camera.

But by the time I finished fishing around for the right lens, the bright orange flames had been extinguished (thanks FDNY!). However, a thick steam of white smoke continued to pour out of the hapless vehicle, which was on the Brooklyn side of the bridge, heading for Manhattan.

Needless to say all Manhattan-bound traffic was halted. Eventually those who'd been waiting made u-turns and drove the wrong way, back toward Brooklyn.

Based on what I saw all passengers in the vehicle had been safely removed. No word as whether or not the fire had anything to do with setting the clocks ahead an hour...

A wider shot of the troubled car (it appears to be an SUV of some kind)
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Frustrated commuters making a run for it

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Fire trucks get a closer look
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