Can I Get Off Work To Watch This? Or, There’s Gonna Be A Fake Explosion That I Can See From My Apartment

A Lawyerly Colleague just forwarded the following press release:

For the filming of a TV pilot, there will be a simulated explosion on Wednesday, March 25, 2009, between 9:30 a.m. and noon near Key Bridge in the District. The explosion will produce a 20 to 30′ fireball that will last for approximately two minutes.

The explosion will take place on the Potomac River just north of the Key Bridge and Jack’s Boathouse (K/Water Street, NW under the Whitehurst Freeway). In the scene to be filmed, there will be six (6) sculling boats on the Potomac River and one of them blows up. CBS Paramount television is filming a pilot titled “Washington Field.” This is a new television series about the elite Washington field office of the FBI and a team of agents with exceptional and diverse skills who are called together for only the most critical cases.

The Department of Homeland Security and D.C. Police and Fire departments have been notified, along with the Washington Airports Authority. The Virginia State Patrol and Arlington Police Department will also be contacted.

My previously undiscovered Inner Pyro is ecstatic. I foresee a sick day mid-week.


10 Responses to “Can I Get Off Work To Watch This? Or, There’s Gonna Be A Fake Explosion That I Can See From My Apartment”

  1. deutlich Says:

    I’m kind of scared about how loud it’ll be. And how often they’ll explode it. And blah!

    Pfft. It’s going to be great!

  2. Maxie Says:


    I’m jealous 😦

    Come visit? We’ll have a Kaboom Party!

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  4. JFo Says:

    I will be one of the rowing extras for this. I am completely fired up about this – pun intended. I thought we were just going to be background as the TV people filmed a scene. I just found out about this awesome new development today.

    This is so much better. Better in this case meaning ridiculous and over the top.

    I expect a play-by-play, and possibly pictures.

  5. JFo Says:

    And since you’re considering playing hooky, the latest email I got said that the explosion is expected b/w 9 and 9:30.

    I’m torn. Go down to the river and watch or stay home and observe the hilarity of Bionic Panic?

  6. Malnurtured Snay Says:

    I thought about taking time off from work to watch from the roof of my apartment building —

    — but it’s far easier if you just take a photo. So, don’t let me down!

    I’ll do my best…

  7. f.B Says:

    I wonder if I can see this from 24 and Penn…?

    Well, it is going to be aerially high…

  8. ella Says:

    if the big bang is gonna happen before 10:00 a.m., you could just call in late? overslept? couldn’t find matching shoe for two hours?

    Better yet: Metro Malfunction.

  9. Jennifer E. Says:

    Go down to the river and watch, after setting up a web cam at home, set to track Bionic Mayhem. *nodnod*

  10. Kat Says:

    Did this actually happen?! And why did I not read this sooner? I would have gone late for this!

    Apparently it did. But I was responsible and went to work. Boo.

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