When this idea fell into our laps, it was difficult not to just take it and run with it...
Sunday evening, as is our normal custom here at TSMW HQ in the suburbs of Cincinnati in Northern or Eastern Boone County, we were relaxing and taking a day to just unwind, watching our personal twitter page and chatting with friends.
Suddenly, a tweet came in from Fox19 senior producer Christi Reynard that had us pausing and saying, "What?":
"gas explosion at a vacant home in Florence. We got GREAT video."
Of course, this piqued our interest here, and we went looking for the information.
Our problem isn't with the websites. They all had SOMETHING about the house that exploded around 3:20 PM this afternoon in the 7200 block of US 25, just about .63 mile southeast of the TSMW HQ.
The problem is, most of the websites asked readers to tune in to the 11 PM news (or 10 PM in the case of WXIX 19/Newport and WKRC-TV 12/Cincinnati's subchannel 12.2).
When you're just hearing about it at 6:30, of course, there's not much you can do about it.
But...when a gas line explodes, destroying a home, and doing collateral damage to other structures, it's a smart move to inform the viewers as SOON as you know about it - especially those living in the immediate area.
We're going to check with those involved with decision making - but, we didn't happen to catch a single alert on any station in town in the first hour after it happened - and didn't even HEAR about the explosion until 6:30 PM, when the aforementioned tweet came in.
And it makes us wonder...how much staff do the newsrooms have on Sundays? Maybe this is a question we need to ask people at WLWT 5/Cincinnati, WCPO 9/Cincinnati, 19 and 12...
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