Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Letters from Egypt: Blasts Hit Maadi

This morning buildings shook and for residents in the Maadi area of Cairo, we were left wondering just what had happened. And as typical, rumors began flying.

“Military training near Kattamaya.”

“…some Air Force pilot(s) broke the sound barrier causing an explosion sound in Maadi and across other areas.”

“A bridge collapsed [on the] Maadi Cornish! 4 people died and drowned in the Nile!!!!”

And while news wasn’t readily available, it didn’t stop people from continuing to further fears and anxieties with unconfirmed reports. While news is surfacing, albeit not much, the entire coverage from the Minister of Interior to various media outlets is suspect.

First is Ahram Online’s article with the headline: “Loud blast heard throughout Cairo triggers rumors, source unconfirmed.” The article discusses three tales being used to explain the blasts:

·         Sources told MENA news agency that the sound was an explosion in a stone pit near Maadi
·         Assistant to the Interior Minister for Public Security, General Mohsen Mourad told Akhbar news that a plane broke the sound barrier
·         The collapse of a bridge in Maadi

 “A few hours ago, Maadi residents reported hearing loud noises, which some people attributed to the bridge collapse.”

And the list goes on, but reports even vary with the bridge collapsing story:

Egypt’s The Daily News reported that FOUR workers drowned while The Egyptian Gazette and Ahram Online said the Ministry of Health confirmed TWO bodies were pulled out of the Nile after the bridge collapsed.

So what really happened that shook Maadi earlier today? Your guess is as good as mine, but please, don’t play into the rumor mill. When something like this happens, immediately start looking for credible sources. Do not take anything as fact unless proven. Even though the AFP is more credible than the other sources listed, seeing these other reports alleging the bridge or a stone pit explosion should make anyone question the reliability of all three “explanations.”

More so, does anyone else find it suspicious that varying reports spanning completely different theories are still running rampant and the only government official to comment says that it was a plane breaking the sound barrier? While I am not an aviation expert, wouldn’t the sonic boom need to come from a military aircraft and if so, what was the aircraft doing to accelerate to such a speed in order to create this inside city limits?

Things that make you go hmmmm….

1 comment:

  1. i did not hear it as i was at work but i think it is all about military plane as they prepare for the graduation ceremony soon by this month