CANADA: Lids Off

"O God! O Montréal!"

—Samuel Butler (1878).

In fear & trembling most of Montreal went about repeating Samuel Butler's words last week. POW! WHEEE! FUMP! For three long hours manhole covers burst from their settings, hurtled through the air, followed by 20-ft. comets of flame. The first covey of covers was flushed on the Boulevard St. Denis. Soon they were popping on St. Lawrence Boulevard, Jean Talon, St. André and De Fleurimont Streets. Mile away, an isolated gas station at the corner of Cremazie & St. Lawrence Boulevards blew up with a roar....

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