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San Bruno fire Twitter reactions

By Melissa Bell

Homes are still smoldering in San Bruno, Calif., after a massive explosion triggered by a broken gas line. Officials say the fire killed six people and injured dozens of others.

When the explosion occurred, people in the area mistook it for a plane crash. As the fire whipped through the neighborhood, reports surfaced that it was a gas line explosion. Twitter captured the first, raw reactions immediately after the noise.

Tweet us if you saw any other noteworthy reactions @washingtonpost. And scroll to the bottom for a map of the area and photos from people on the scene.

OMGWTFBBQSAUCE a plane crashed by my house!?!?!?!?!11@less than a minute ago via txt

HUUUUUGE FIRE IN SAN BRUNO! Crazy huge!less than a minute ago via ÜberTwitter

Smoke is covering our house and it's so dark. :( this is really depressing to see all the fire constanly burning.less than a minute ago via Echofon

The sky is dark with smoke from San Bruno. fire. Shutting windows now. A huge explosion preceded the fire.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

Have been evacuated due 2 major explosion and fire near by. Crazy! Have no words...wow! Cannot explain what it (cont) http://tl.gd/5vec8dless than a minute ago via TweetCaster

the explosion I heard was a HUGE nonstop thunderous rolling. If that wasn't a plane. What else could've caused it? #sanbrunoless than a minute ago via mobile web

@actionnewssf so if no plane came down then is it... THOR'S HAMMER?!?!less than a minute ago via Echofon

Geez. PG&E can't confirm natural gas. FAA can't confirm a plane. Does anyone know anything?less than a minute ago via txt

PG&E says it is reviewing records about reports that nearby residents had been smelling gas. All gas has been turned off. #SanBrunoFireless than a minute ago via Seesmic twhirl

Check out the map that the San Jose Mercury News created of the area, and see the gallery of user-submitted photos at the San Francisco Chronicle.

By Melissa Bell  | September 10, 2010; 1:55 PM ET
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