The below video shows an explosion that happened on Lambeth Bridge in London that scared the stuffing out of tourists and Londoners who didn’t know the bus explosion on the bridge was for a movie.
Just another day on the River... pic.twitter.com/Ts3bojblmk— LAMBETH FIRE (@FireLambeth) February 7, 2016
The Lambeth Fire Department’s Twitter account called the bus explosion “just another day on the River,” presumably the River Thames, as seen in the above photo with Lambeth Bridge in foreground and Westminster Bridge in the below portion of the photo.
As reported by the Independent, the bus exploding on Lambeth Bridge — although a very cool explosion — caused fears among those watching who didn’t know the London explosion was for Jackie Chan’s upcoming movie, called The Foreigner.
The movie will not only star Chan, but Pierce Brosnan, as well — and apparently requires a nice scene of a bus being blown up in London. Those watching from a nearby park in central London and other locations close to the explosion on Lambeth Bridge who knew nothing about Jackie’s movie scene were freaked out. Their social media posts and comments and responses to the bus that was bombed prove that they believe it could’ve been a terrorist attack instead of a climatic movie scene.
However, folks had been warned that the bus explosion would happen on Sunday morning, February 7. The London SE1 Twitter account shows a photo of a warning that the Lambeth Bridge would be closed on Sunday, and the Twitter tweet warned that controlled explosions would occur.
Lambeth Bridge shut for filming tomorrow morning. Beware of controlled explosions! pic.twitter.com/TKz8xuatdO— London SE1 (@se1) February 6, 2016
Another Twitter photo proved that some of the crowds had gathered around or nearby Lambeth Bridge in order to watch the explosion, because they’d read the warnings about the bus explosion for the movie The Foreigner.
Yet, those warnings were cold comfort for those who learned of the second person of the ISIS cell formerly led by “Jihadi John” being revealed. The man — who hails from west London — is 32-year-old Alexanda Kotey, reports BuzzFeed News and the Washington Post. He is described as a quiet and humble man, and one of the four “Beatles” ISIS guys who were dubbed as such because of their British accents. The group is charged as beheading 27 hostages, reports the Guardian.
With ISIS previously threatening London in propaganda videos showing London monuments and the like, the bus explosion on Lambeth Bridge caused quite a reaction on social media from Londoners. In the wake of the shocking and horrid Paris attacks in 2015, Europeans and Americans might be especially sensitive to terrorist threats.
Yet and still, the photos coming in to social media showing the bus explosion are pretty amazing, and make Chan’s fans look forward to seeing the movie that caused a bit of confusion.
Lambeth Bridge in London! F'KING HELL! pic.twitter.com/iwrlEyY3XO— Les Floyd (@Lesism) February 7, 2016
With Parliament in the background, the bus explosion made for some picturesque scenery.
The comments appearing under the Lambeth Fire Department’s tweet give a peek at how folks are reacting to the bus explosion.
“You need to be a bit more responsible with this clip. It’s not clear that it’s filming, it could be distressing.”
“Thought you’d all know better than to display this!…#integrity”
“Given the current ‘climate’, blowing a London bus up on Lambeth Bridge is pretty f****** stupid…”
“Noticed this on Lambeth bridge as we passed. Got [very] worried until we realised they were filming!
Others asked the Lambeth Fire Department if they could use the video for their publications.
This is the aftermath of a London bus being blown up for a film shoot today. Lambeth Bridge remains closed. pic.twitter.com/nT36TWQZW1— MPSonthewater (@MPSonthewater) February 7, 2016
Some on social media gave their thoughts about which bus in London they hoped exploded.
“I hope it’s a hated old
#Routemaster and not one of the modern wheelchair-accessible buses!”
[Photo by AP Photo/Alastair Grant]