Here are my tweets from the start of the explosion to being on the road braving gruesome traffic for a few hours:
15:30: Was it a bomb?! Motherfucker! We were almst there!
15:40: We're literally in the middle of chaos with firetrucks and people running everywhere
15:40: Was it a hospital? Pls dont let it be ciudad
15:45: Minuter.minutes separated us from the blast
15:53 Ok so now they say it's a fireworks display gone wrong
16:06: Explosion number 2 and 3! What the hell?!
17:02: The calm is eerie..
18:01: Now i'm stuck in traffic.thank god for classmates who offer their rides.haha
18:03: And we just had to stop infront of tat's barbeque.the torture
18:07: The hunger is officially sinking in
Deep isn't it? haha. The updated news article goes like this:
An explosion that ripped through a warehouse of firecrackers and chemicals and triggered a fire in several buildings at the Canelar district of Zamboanga City Friday afternoon has been put out, a police official said.
Police Superintendent Jose Bayani Gucela, spokesman of Western Mindanao Police Office, said the three-hour fire was put out at 6:15 p.m., saying it is now "contained," there are no casualties, and authorities are conducting "clearing" operations.
Gucela, who is also the chief of the city’s bomb squad unit, said "We cannot determine yet what [started] the explosion of firecrackers but [according to] witnesses, there was some kind of blast ... inside the tightly closed warehouse."
Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang, spokesman of the military's Western Mindanao Command, said the explosion took place at the warehouse of Pacific Hardware on Nuñez Extension past 3 p.m.
Authorities learned that unsold firecrackers were stocked in the warehouse, which also contained paint and chemicals, he said.