Get Bombed at Darlene's

Category:  BloggERy
Monday, September 2nd, 2013 at 9:40 AM
Get Bombed at Darlene's by Cory Vaillancourt
eidard.com

We've all been there - you're sitting in your favorite local tavern one quiet Thursday night, minding your own business, enjoying 50 cent chicken wings and throwing back a beer or ten, when all of a sudden...

You're bombed.

Except - at least for patrons of Darlene's Tavern in the small eastern Maryland town of Sudlersville - it was not the result of cheap beer and Jaegerbombs.

It was an actual bomb.

During a training mission, an A-10 Warthog ground-attack aircraft operated by the Maryland National Guard accidentally released a bomb that landed just feet from the bar's entrance.

What's better, the patrons barely noticed.

According to Peter Herman of the Washington Post, "It wasn’t until a customer glanced out a window, saw smoke and yelled that someone’s Buick might be on fire that people put down their beers and rushed to the door... customers were too busy and the music too loud for anyone to hear it, and even some people sitting outside at picnic tables were oblivious."

When owner Lena Hartlove finally decided to investigate what she thought was a pipe bomb hurled at her establishment, she found a 3-foot deep smoking crater in the parking lot.

Police officers were called to the scene and began poking around; when they regcognized bomb-like fins among the smoldering wreckage, they must have figured that this stiuation was probably beyond their pay grade.

Luckily, the bomb was only an inert training bomb, but it still had the potential to do significant damage; weighing in at 35 pounds, measuring two feet long, and dropped from the skies at hundreds of miles per hour, it's certainly bomb enough.

So the next time you're out at your favorite little watering hole drinking beer and throwing your cares to the wind, remember: you could get bombed at any time; you might as well go ahead and order that next plate of wings.

Tags: bombed

Erie Reader: Vol. 7, No. 2
Now Available — Pick It Up Today

CURRENT

Warner upgrades highlight an optimistic outlook for 2017 and beyond.

Cultivating a woman’s spirit of entrepreneurism

Red, wild, and blue

Join Erie Reader photojournalist Maitham Basha-Agha, and local photographer Erica Whiting on a two-hour photo exhibition.

Erie’s own pop punk quartet, Jurassic Skatepark, are releasing their latest EP, Dog Years.

IN THIS ISSUE

Warner upgrades highlight an optimistic outlook for 2017 and beyond.

Cultivating a woman’s spirit of entrepreneurism

Red, wild, and blue

Join Erie Reader photojournalist Maitham Basha-Agha, and local photographer Erica Whiting on a two-hour photo exhibition.

Erie’s own pop punk quartet, Jurassic Skatepark, are releasing their latest EP, Dog Years.

Yuri quickly establishes itself as an incredibly enjoyable record from the beginning.

Ron Bayuzick brings a grand gesture to the Erie Art Museum.

Tommy in Toon: Weather

28 North takes the gastropub high road

Michael Plasha: yoga teacher