The Power of Twitter, Reporting on a Metro Fire

About a half hour ago at NAM, many ambulances went by. Not an uncommon experience here in downtown Washington. A colleague reported an explosion at the Gallery Place Metro stop — about six blocks away — and said the news would be on Twitter first.

So here you go, a search from about five minutes ago on the term “Gallery Place.(Update: Seems to have been a fire on the tracks caused by arcing, small explosions.) (UPDATE: 10:45 a.m.: Washington Post reports that a collector shoe — which connects trains to the rail — fell off, causing a fire. Services have resumed.)

The first to Tweet the explosion was tigermelp. Just a very interesting way to collect live updates from on-the-site witnesses.

By the way, the NAM Tweets as well: @NAM_Shopfloor

Real-time results for Gallery Place

  1. Img_0220_normal nspetrucci RT @mikepetrucci: DC Metro – Red Line – Smoke at Gallery Place due to explosions at Metro Center. Stay away. #fb half a minute ago from Echofon
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  2. P9020013_normal jasonboig @redline metro report heavy smoke between gallery place and metro center – and announcing it with poor grammar 2 minutes ago from TwitterBerry
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  3. Twitterprofilephoto_normal sspenguin “Metro info is unclear: seems to be fire on track between Metro Center and Gallery Place.” (RT @mattcarnavos) #wmata #RedLine 4 minutes ago from web
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  4. Img_0006_normal nbarron Oh Metro *sigh* RT @dcfireems: metro incident – Metro Ctr / Gallery Place smoke in tunnel and/or fire under train Metro Ctr being evac 5 minutes ago from HootSuite RT

  5. Kryssy_normal drunkoffkryst @iamjustbe yeahh mann..its like supposed mayhem at gallery place right now. 6 minutes ago from mobile web
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  6. Twitterimage_normal mikepetrucci DC Metro – Red Line – Smoke at Gallery Place due to explosions at Metro Center. Stay away. #fb 6 minutes ago from Tweetie
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  7. Outside_normal davestroup just got off the red line; smoke reported b/t gallery pl & metro ctr. disabled train at metro center, single tracking in place. big delays 7 minutes ago from web
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  8. Profile_normal brownpau @kingkool68 Smoke on Red Line tracks between Metro Center and Gallery Place, single tracking between Farragut North and Judiciary Square. 8 minutes ago from web
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  9. N71000308_3298_normal brettkeller crowds + smoke at gallery place -> bad sign. avoid red line this morning #wmata 8 minutes ago from Echofon
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  10. Harvard_normal shanejimison RT @Unsilent Thanks to Twitter search I’ve learned that there was in fact an explosion/fire at Gallery Place Metro. 9 minutes ago from TinyTwitter
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  11. Me_normal kingkool68 Lots of delays on Metro. Is there something going on at Gallery Place/China Town? 10 minutes ago from Ping.fm
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  12. N21200434_9139_normal mattcarnavos Still not moving; Information being told is pretty unclear, there seems to be a fire on the track between Metro Center & Gallery Place. 10 minutes ago from Tweetie
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  13. 3a_normal mr_suh so…uh…what happened at gallery place? what does “emergency situation” mean? #wmata 10 minutes ago from txt
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  14. Peter3_normal poutlawp i m leaving the subway. there was sound like two explosion for a train @gallery place. 15 minutes ago from mobile web
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  15. Bulldog_normal Unsilent Thanks to Twitter search I’ve learned that there was in fact an explosion/fire at Gallery Place Metro. Hope everybody got out safely. 15 minutes ago from TweetDeck
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  16. 6440_1138412700245_1225200041_30431158_3948302_n_normal bgall08 RT @drunkoffkryst: Explosion at Gallery Place…red line. smh…<<<< damn the dead line strikes again 15 minutes ago from Echofon
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  17. Dt-4-28_normal akkleis @erinhoffmann metro incident Metro Ctr / Gallery Place smoke in tunnel and/or fire under train Metro Ctr being evac via @dcfireems & samer 16 minutes ago from web
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  18. Self_port_small_normal curiouslee @outtacontext Ah, fire at Gallery Place explains why my train is sitting here at Takoma Park. Good thing my devices and MiFi are charged up. 17 minutes ago from Tweetie
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  19. Jeff_icon_normal outtacontext Spoke to Metro worker: smoke on Red Line track btwn Metro Center and Gallery Place. I saw smoke in the Gallery Place station. #wmata 17 minutes ago from Echofon
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  20. 3948669534_e5f06b2fd2_normal colinschmitt RT @dcfireems: metro incident – Metro Ctr / Gallery Place smoke in tunnel and/or fire under train Metro Ctr being evac|may affect commute :/ 17 minutes ago from UberTwitter
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  21. 3948669534_e5f06b2fd2_normal colinschmitt RT @dcfireems: metro incident – Metro Ctr / Gallery Place smoke in tunnel and/or fire under train Metro Ctr being evac|may affect commute :/ 18 minutes ago from UberTwitter
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  22. Bulldog_normal Unsilent Heard there was something going on at Gallery Place Metro. Any word? 18 minutes ago from TweetDeck
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  23. Cimg1532small_normal WaffleWeave What is going on? Lots of sirens, fire trucks, reports of smoke coming out of the tunnel at Gallery Place or Metro Ctr. @unsuckdcmetro 18 minutes ago from web
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  24. Samer_suit_square_close_normal samerfarha metro incident – Metro Ctr / Gallery Place smoke in tunnel and/or fire under train Metro Ctr being evac (via @dcfireems) 19 minutes ago from Tweetie
    RTMikoandme_normal lawgeekgirl just left metro – RT @dcfireems: metro incident – Metro Ctr / Gallery Place smoke in tunnel and/or fire under train Metro Ctr being evac 20 minutes ago from web

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  26. Tl_normal tiffanylatimer #wmata holy smoke on the red line. scarey in gallery place. 21 minutes ago from mobile web
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  27. Kryssy_normal drunkoffkryst Explosion at Gallery Place…red line. smh.. 21 minutes ago from mobile web
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  28. Mmn_2008_normal MargieNewman RT @dcfireems: metro incident – Metro Ctr / Gallery Place smoke in tunnel and/or fire under train Metro Ctr being evac (@albert_wat) 22 minutes ago from TweetDeck
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  29. Janpostonday_normal jpostonday RT @dcfireems metro incident – Metro Ctr / Gallery Place smoke in tunnel and/or fire under train Metro Ctr being evacuated. 22 minutes ago from web
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  30. Old_english_d_normal Nolan LOTS (like, even for DC lots) of police and fire inbound to chinatown/gallery place. Anyone know whats up? 22 minutes ago from txt
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  31. Jeff_icon_normal outtacontext Apparently there is/was a fire in the Metro at Gallery Place. Lots is sirens in the area. #wmata 22 minutes ago from Echofon
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  32. Madmen_dan_normal mizerock Red Line train was in tunnel from Gallery Place to Metro Center. Orange flash plus small thud equals big gasp from crowd. 23 minutes ago from mobile web
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  33. Fire_ems_logo_2009_normal dcfireems metro incident – Metro Ctr / Gallery Place smoke in tunnel and/or fire under train Metro Ctr being evac 23 minutes ago from mobile web
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  34. Dsc02481_normal JohnWonderlich avoid gallery place temporarily — reports of sparks and smoke from train. 26 minutes ago from TweetDeck
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  35. Image_normal alex_reid Redline train “blew up” at Gallery place. I evacuated and am walking to work. 26 minutes ago from Tweetie
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  36. Debbie_head_shot_2008 dfriez flames and smoke came out os red line train at gallery place and inched to Metro center to off-load. #wmata 30 minutes ago from UberTwitter
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  37. 33629f298cb7_normal soggybuttmanda Pack gallery place be durin rush hour…man I’m so happy I have my new balance on..idk what made me put them on this mornin but I ran 4 life 31 minutes ago from UberTwitter
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  38. Me_normal tigermelp Just saw sparks in tunnel at gallery place, mini panic 36 minutes ago from TwitterBerry

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