Nearby Explosion and Rabid Skunk

Explosion photo (not the fertilizer plant in West, Texas) by Jon Sullivan. Photo released into the public domain.

First off I and my family are OK.  I was outside when it happened, about 10 to 8 p.m. local time.  We were expecting a rain storm when I heard a sound like thunder.  But unlike usual thunder it seemed to be coming from in front of me to the left and to the right.  Also unusual was that I heard the metal of the barn I was standing next to rattle.  I’ve heard windows rattle to a close lightning strike, but not a rattle when the thunder sounded far away.  The animals acted like nothing had happened.  That in itself was somewhat odd as they can react to a coming storm.

My mom who was inside her house heard it and things in the house rattled.  She said it seemed to her like an explosion.

I checked the Internet and the news, and saw nothing about it.  I thought it must just have been thunder.  I was wrong as you’ve probably learned already.  As of the last report of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, hundreds may have been injured, four blocks of homes were flattened, and the death count so far is estimated at 60 to 70.  I felt and heard the explosion from more than 20 miles away.

They need blood donations.  For Texans, you can find blood donation sites at  For others in America, check your state on that site.

Strangely enough, earlier in the day I had something else odd happen.  I saw a skunk in the barn, the same barn I heard rattle later.  I was standing outside, and the skunk came out right near me which is odd for a wild skunk, especially during daytime (skunks are nocturnal).  Then it walked right up to me and started to put its front feet on my leg like it was a pet skunk.

I looked it up.  Being active during the day and acting tame and unafraid of humans are both possible signs of rabies.


About Alden Loveshade

Alden is a philosopher, personist, writer, playwright, screenwriter, director, actor, poet, photographer, dumbek drummer, roleplayer, and educator. Worked for others and freelance as a journalist, investigator, columnist, reviewer, teacher, animal caregiver, photographer, and dishwasher. Claims e doesn’t care about money, but always needs more. Recognized by Phi Theta Kappa, Golden Key International Honor Society, the U. S. Jaycees, and groups of like ilk. They don’t necessarily like em, but they recognize em. Graduated summa cum laude from some university that apparently figured the best way to get rid of em was to graduate em. Alden has worked with Emmy, Oscar, Tony, and Pulitzer Prize Nominees and Winners but they never shared their awards! Alden has dual citizenship in the Principality of Sealand and the United States of America. His official title for Sealand is Lord Alden Loveshade. E thinks that makes em sound impressive.
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9 Responses to Nearby Explosion and Rabid Skunk

  1. Vernon Avaritt says:

    This is very tragic. I am glad that you’re okay. Thanks for the post

  2. TawTew the Naturally Perfumed says:

    We’re so glad you’re OK and so sorry it happened. West is such a beautiful down with friendly people. Such a tragedy.

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  4. Pet Girl says:

    I’m glad you’re OK and I’m very sorry about those people. What happened with the skunk?

    • Thanks for asking. I got my dog’s rabies shot updated as a precaution. Then my neighbor told me one of his dogs killed a skunk. As this one showed no fear, it was likely the same skunk, especially as I haven’t seen nor heard (nor smelled) hide nor hair of it since.

      • Pet says:

        I’m sorry the skunk died it could have been a pet. But I’ve very glad nobody got rabies!

  5. Christian Andy says:

    The explosion was on the national news. Fewer people than they thought died but it’s still a tragedy. I’ve been praying for the survivors.

    • The death count is apparently 15, most of them apparently people who were trying to stop the fire. Alden has a relative who’s a firefighter, but she wasn’t involved.

  6. Dharma says:

    It is so sad but I’m happy you’re OK. Bless you for donating blood!

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