My last Huge Project, before the Super-Secret Project, was the Death by Chemistry Project. We filled the test at the end with imaginative "real-life disaster" scenarios.
It was ghoulish. We had a tornado hit an airport where containers of surface-cleaning acid spilled out on an parking lot that led to a propane tank yard next to a runway where a Piper Cub was flipped over on top of a widening puddle of jet fuel. Oh, and the rain was falling on the possibly water-reactive acid. You have ten minutes! What do you do? Tick tick tick ....
So, watching the Breaking News from Minneapolis tonight it struck me: You have a bridge collapse into a major river. There are flames leaping from a crushed semi. Below the burning semi there is a railway container car that has been crushed by a falling span, and next to it there is a tanker car filled with an unknown fluid. (They aren't showing in on any channel but Fox, but it's there and it is creeping me out.) Oh, and there is a school bus full of kids on the bridge, a thunderstorm heading in, and a major league stadium full of fans watching a game. Downwind. Okay, I'm not sure about that last part, they may not be downwind, but if we were making up this scenario it would be.
I'm reminded that when we made up these disasters, we knew to step it back a notch when Caroline would shriek, "AND THERE ARE PUPPIES! THERE IS A BASKET OF PUPPIES AND THE FLAMES ARE HEADING STRAIGHT FOR THEM!"
Well, at least there's no basket of puppies (because if there were Fox would have them on a loop), but I keep wanting the camera man to go back to the tanker so I can look closely at that hazardous material placard on it.