It’s funny the things that will pop into a guy’s head sometimes just out of the blue.
A memory from twenty years ago just did.
I remembered one time when I was still married to the 1st wife back in the early 90’s and I was standing out in the yard on a nice Summer day screwing around doing yard work.
As I recall I was trimming some tree or something when all of a sudden I got a serious whiff of that unmistakable rotten egg stink they put in propane gas.
Then it got stronger and it didn’t just float off in the wind.
We were right on a corner so I walked around looking to see if some dumb shit was messing with a BBQ or something but there wasn’t anyone in sight.
About thirty seconds later a whole bunch of the neighbors started piling out of their houses out into the street all saying the same thing.
“Do you smell that?”
“Smells like gas.”.
Everyone started walking around looking for the source and at least two of the women folk said they were calling the police and the Fire department, both of which were like six blocks away.
By that point it had been going on for several minutes and it was really strong.
There must have been fifteen people out in the street too.
Pretty soon here they come but by then the smell had gone away as quickly as it had started so of course they didn’t have a clue as to what to do except walk around looking like I had done and trying to calm the panicky neighbors.
We never did find out where that came from but it was strong enough that people could smell it INSIDE their houses.
Fast forward to the present and a little thought experiment.
What would happen if somehow someone could get away with dropping a full propane bottle into a convenient garbage can on a hot Summer evening just after sundown with the valve cracked on it just enough to get a fairly steady stream of propane coming out of it and then just drove away?
I’m thinking it wouldn’t be too long before things got really interesting around there and some of the cities resources were kept busy for a while.
In other words, Diversion 101.
You know, just a thought.