Here’s What We Don’t Need: People Screaming ‘Terrorist’ During Fires

It was bizarre, to be sure, when several people reported hearing an explosion in Mission Hill Monday night. It turned out to be an aggressive two-alarm fire on the roof deck of an apartment building.

There’s often a lot of confusion in the early moments of a big fire or emergency. But it takes a special kind of mind to jump from “Some people heard an explosion” and “Is there a fire?” to “Oh my God, the terrorists are attacking us.”

Some Twitter users were ready to make that leap:

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Thankfully, Boston’s twitterverse is also full of level-headed people who swatted back the speculation.