Photo of the Day #3 – May 10, 2012

Chris Brooker
May 10, 2012

It’s day 3 and this one was a lot quicker and easier than I thought.

8:20am, I’m standing on the platform at the PreFontaine Metro station waiting for the metro so I can make it in time for my 9am meeting. A train pulls up and it’s just packed, presuming the the metro had just starting running again, as often happens, I opted to wait for the next train. About 2 minutes later, I start to see this smoke shooting out the tracks. My first thought, “AHHH crap!, I hope they don’t shut down the metro”. Everyone on the platform was just standing there looking around. A few people moved towards the stairs, I snapped a couple of pictures on my iPhone.

The metro people then came down and yelled at us to get out and evacuate. We reluctantly and slowly walked up the stairs and out of the station. I waited up there for a bit while the police and fireman arrived. After 15 mins the police told us that if you have another way to get where you’re going, take it, cuz this happened at a bunch of other stations and the entire metro is shut down and will be for a while. I walked back home and jumped in the car and heading off to work in the insane traffic.

After my meeting I was looking online at the news and saw CTV’s request for photos. I upload the 5 I took and quickly they were everywhere! All over CTV Montreal and CTV nationally. They also used them in video about the event. I got a phone call shortly after and they wanted to interview me about what I saw. They came to the office and we did a short interview, should be on tv at some point. Then I got an email from the The Aaron Rand Show and wanted to interview me live on the radio at 5:10pm. I agreed and did a live phone interview.

So the photo of the day is the photo of the smoke bomb seen around the world (Canada).

photo 2

Photo of the day gallery for the full sized pic

The other pictures I took of the smoke bomb can be seen here

Shot on the iPhone 4, 3.9mm, ISO400, f2.8, 1/15 exposure (all auto by the iPhone)

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