I was cruising up I-270 near St. Louis on Thursday. Suddenly I saw traffic slowing down around me. Brake lights came on and black smoke billowed up ahead.
I was torn between two reactions. First, "Wow. I hope no one's hurt." And second, "Wow. This might look really cool. I hope it's worth the traffic delay."
Oh, don't look at me like that. You know that thought crosses your mind, too.
So I pulled out my camera, snuck my hand through the wrist strap in case I had to drop it quickly, and began shooting picture blindly through the windshield as I negotiated the traffic.
Pretty interesting, right? It got more interesting when I realized the smoke was moving. We had a fire traveling down the interstate.
Did anyone call the police?
Did the driver know?
Do you have to pay an extra toll when haul fire?
Is there a fire shortage someplace and they are importing more?
Why not Fedex the fire?
But when I got closer, there was no fire.
It was just a lousy, old dump truck hauling coal and spewing half if load across the interstate.
Seriously, people. Cover your load. Don't tease us like that.