Friday, September 17, 2010

What Was That?

'Booms' spark fear in some

By César G. Rodriguez
Published: Friday, September 17, 2010 1:19 AM CDT
NUEVO LAREDO — The Nuevo Laredo festivities for the bicentennial anniversary of Mexico’s independence were cut short late Wednesday, about five minutes after fireworks exploded in the air, the “booms” sparking fear in the audience and sending families running from the plaza.

As I dozed off Wednesday night I heard the sound of distant booms.  At first I thought it was a neighbor closing his/her car door.  Then the booms came every ten seconds.  I figured perhaps the partygoers at San Agustin Plaza were being treated to fireworks; but the thought of a shootout, with the occasional grenade, in Nuevo Laredo crossed my mind.

Cesar Rodriguez provides footage of the festivities in Nuevo Laredo.  In the story he added:
A mass of people gathered on the left side of the plaza grounds began to run directly for the exits, perhaps mistaking the noises for gunshots.
Even though the people who attended the event weren't deterred from celebrating Mexico's Bicentennial, it's understandable that they would be on edge.  It's a shame it's come to this.  The city holds a lot of memories for me.  Unfortunately I won't be able to revisit them anytime soon.

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