John Metcalfe was CityLab’s Bay Area bureau chief, covering climate change and the science of cities.
Hold your kids tight, folks.
More evidence these camouflaged street covers are deeply evil surfaced Thursday in Birmingham, England, and was captured in grainy yet pants-wetting detail on CCTV. The predator: a square-shaped manhole in Acocks Green (the British and their delightful names). The prey: a couple and their small child. The incident: an explosion, reportedly due to built-up gas, that was "so powerful it shook nearby buildings," writes the Daily Mail.
Firefighters said the manhole cover was heavy enough to crush the youngster, but let's just get right into it: