March 11, 2009

German explosion reported first on Twitter

Per the Stuttgart Journal, several people were injured Monday afternoon after an apparent gas explosion at a house in Heidelberg, Germany.

The incident was reported first on Twitter.

The first tweet was a request for more information, along with an image from the scene of emergency vehicles on site.

@miquelmartin (Heidelberg, Germany): Big mess in front of the office in #Heidelberg, anyone has an idea of what's going on?

Within minutes, additional tweets added context, several minutes before local media reported the story.

@kirscheplotzer (Mannheim, Germany): Schwere Explosion in #heidelberg am Römerkreisel. Vier Schwerverletzte, noch keine genauen Angaben zur Ursache. (Severe explosion in Romans #heidelberg at roundabout. Four seriously injured, yet no precise information on the cause.)

@BlaM4c (Heidelberg, Germany): Der zweite Rettungshubschrauber (siehe ist auch in Richtung Ludwigshafen unterwegs. #Heidelberg #Explosion (The second rescue helicopter (see is also in the direction of Ludwigshafen on the road. #Heidelberg #explosion)

@miquelmartin later posted additional pictures from the scene to his Flickr account and tweeted a link to the site.

@miquelmartin (Heidelberg, Germany): Some pics of the gas explosion on Roemerstr 17 (Romerkreis in #Heidelberg #accident #emergency later reported that the accident was not caused by a gas explosion or leak as initial reports suggested, though the cause was still not clear, according to police.

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