Reports of Loud Boom near Meridian Hill Park Possibly 14th and Fairmont St, NW

by Prince Of Petworth November 1, 2011 at 10:40 pm 31 Comments

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There are lots of reports on twitter (follow @PoPville) of a loud bang/boom/explosion near Meridian Hill Park in Columbia Heights. Some say they heard it also in Dupont, Adams Morgan, Petworth and Woodley Park. Some report windows rattling and car alarms going off. Most reports seem to center near Meridian Hill Park in Columbia Heights. More info when/if it becomes available. If you heard the boom please let us know where you heard it from?

One follower reports seeing smoke near 14th and Fairmont St, NW.

Another follower reports:

“loud as hell at 14th and florida. We’re between two cranes, maybe construction related?”


“we heard it at 16th & fuller, then heard some sirens”

Another says:

“I’m on the 7th floor on 15th, between Euclid and Fuller. I was on my balcony facing east about 15 seconds after the explosion and saw lots of smoke coming from a building on the north side of Fairmont street. Can say with complete confidence that the source of the explosion was between Fairmont, Girard, 14th and Girard St. Park. Also a strange smell, unlike anything I’ve smelled before. Two police cars were there within 3-4 minutes.”

MPD tells me:

“Nothing found. Pepco and Washington Gas are checking the area.”

Update 11:28pm:

A reader writes:

“friend at 14th+harvard claims power out after explosion. leads me to believe it was transformer explosion.”


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