"My girlfriend, Lisanne, said ``That isnt thunder`` and we both got up to look out the balcony window. We were completely shocked to see a huge pillar of fire that appeared to be 10-20 stories tall, and a black cloud of smoke that spanned the sky eastward toward Earl Bales park. My mind raced in a panic to understand what was happening. It looked as though a plane had crashed or a bomb had fallen. Could it be a terrorist attack? After a few minutes of watching, we were completely shocked to witness an amazing mushroom cloud explosion of flame and black smoke that terrified us entirely. I have never seen anything like it. It was so loud and big that for a moment I thought it was a nuclear explosion."
A horrifying and enormous series of explosions at a gas depot just outside Toronto rocked residents and forced evacuations, as others nearby filmed what happened (one huge explosion looks like a sunrise at the 1:50 mark in the video below). Reports are still incoming and no word yet about any fatalities. (More astonishing images and reports are here.)