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Man in shock after witnessing major explosion in Northwest Baltimore

Posted at 4:35 PM, Aug 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 07:34:16-04

BALTIMORE — Blistering heat more than 90 degrees, a major explosion and three homes destroyed. All making for a frightening morning for this Northwest Baltimore community.

75-year-old Mobley Mannie still shocked when he drove right up on the explosion, a blinding flash, a deafening sound and then confusion.

Mannie was stunned and then regained his senses.

"I looked back, all I could see was stuff, debris flying through the air," he said.

The sweltering heat, a bad knee and hip problems makes it difficult for Mannie to get around but, after his SUV he was driving stopped rocking from the blast and sometime later and he is still affected.

"I don't feel good, I can't hardly talk and it ain't good. I don't know what the hell happened," Mannie said.

What happened? Something this community has never seen before. A community of friends and loved ones looking for answers and Mannie assesses the situation.

"People got hurt and it could have been me, that's why it upset me. It could have been me," he said.

Mannie says he is thankful to be alive and he credits his good fortune with a little luck and he says the good lord was looking after him today.