I saw this the other day while driving around central Arkansas.
Fortunately it’s not true! But that’s the actual sign — no Photoshop or other editing. The gas station / truck stop has been completely demolished, to be rebuilt bigger and better.
They tore it down the old-fashioned way rather than blowing it up. I can understand there being some logistical issues with exploding a gas station, but it would’ve been really awesome to see (albeit from a safe distance). Plus there’s another gas station across the street, so you’d get a bonus two-for-one explosion! There is also a nearby car lot, which would probably result in more explosions. And there’s a large billion-dollar company close also. So the collateral damage would get expensive really quick, and thus this cannot happen.
I suppose that’s why we have movies and video games — so we can virtually experience such things. But even with a large HDTV and nice surround-sound system, you still don’t get the full impact of a real explosion. Besides the lacking bass, you don’t get to feel the resulting shockwave from a large explosion. I wonder if movie theaters will ever be able to simulate that. (There’s a project for our R&D department…) 🙂