On the way home from school this afternoon I saw a bunch of blocks closed off, fire trucks and police cars everywhere, and the odd ambulance. It was the exact area where there was a huge fire two weeks ago, and I wondered if there was some connection. (Or if maybe there was an arsonist who had it in for Asian noodle places, which are ubiquitous in my neighbourhood.) But I didn’t see any fire; rather, I smelled a gas leak.
Not ten minutes after I got home—just getting into my computer time, looking forward to doing some blogging or whatever—the power went out. I went down to the grocery store and did a shop, figuring the power might be back on when I got in, or shortly thereafter. No dice. I called Hydro-Québec who told me the power would be back on around 4:30.
I went down for a nap, and woke up around 6:30, still in the dark. I went to light some candles but realized I no longer had lighters in the house since I quit smoking, and I had no idea where the matches were, and didn’t feel like feeling around for them. I went out go get matches, also to see what was going on. The blackout was quite extensive.
The power came back on around 8:30. I can’t find any news on the gas leak on the local news websites, which is weird, but there will be a report on the 11:30 news. I wonder if the power was deliberately turned off as a safety measure. I did hear something about a big area being evacuated.