My (god bless her, I'm going to say 'bewildered') mother just rang me to find out if I was OK, and to see whether I was missing any limbs. I didn't have a clue what she was on about (I rarely do, this is nothing new), so I checked out the BBC website :
"A gas explosion in the southern French city of Lyon has injured at least 17 people and there may have been fatalities, police say."
Gosh. Unfortunately, I was 'rocking out' to a bit of Dusty (In Private, just class) at the time, so I didn't feel the earth move.
No doubt this'll cause more mayhem and gridlock to add to the general hysteria of rush hour. The traffic situation here is quite delicate at the best of times, and it doesn't take much to tip it over the edge.
At least the locals will have an excuse to enjoy their favourite pastime of avoiding the busy roads by driving on the pavement.