A weekend in D.C. has enough going on and creates enough headlines to make even the most organized and informed Washingtonian at least a little overwhelmed; from local news to national news, here we’ll recap the five biggest stories in D.C. from over the weekend in case you missed it!
1. A home explosion in a D.C. suburb kills one firefighter and injures 11
On Friday evening at around 7:30 pm, Loudon County Firefighters were called to a home in Sterling, Virginia after receiving reports that there was a smell of gas. To investigate the potential gas leak, several firefighters entered the home less than 30 minutes after the initial report, and when they entered the house the apparent gas that had filled up the house exploded. The explosion killed one firefighter and injured nine others, with an additional two people also needing medical attention as a result of the blast.
After the fire was controlled, investigators determined that a 500-gallon underground propane tank below the home was what had exploded, resulting in catastrophic damage that left the above structure in what James Williams, the assistant chief of operations for the Loudon County Fire and Rescue Department, referred to as “total devastation.”
2. A Fire Under A Train At Eastern Market Metro Station On Thursday Prompted An Evacuation And Shut Down Of The Station
On Thursday afternoon of this week Eastern Market Metro Station had to be evacuated after a fire caused by an arcing insulator under a train filled the station with smoke! The station was closed for some time leading into the weekend, impacting some local metro lines to the dismay of local commuters.
The annual event took place this past Saturday at The Wharf and was one of the most fun things to do in the city this weekend. In total, the charity event raised over $130k in funds to support critical NF research while hundreds of Washingtonians showed up to strip down and run a mile for a good cause.
4. Jennifer Lopez announced her first tour in 5 years – including a show in D.C.
Within a week of Usher adding an extra show in D.C. to his upcoming North American tour because of high demand, Jennifer Lopez announced her first tour in roughly half a decade and it features a stop in D.C.! The show is going to take place on August 14th at Capital One Arena and presale tickets are going available this week.
5. Alexandria is going all-out for their annual parade to celebrate George Washington’s birthday
On Monday, Alexandria is going all-out to celebrate not just the 101st annual parade in honor of George Washington’s birthday. This year the festivities are expected to be bigger than ever with the city of Alexandria celebrating its own 275th ‘birthday’. The parade takes place in Old Town and starts around 1 pm on Monday until around 3 pm. The theme this year is “George Washington: Alexandria’s Living Legend.”