Meanwhile at Portland Municipal Sewage Works…
Gabe regarded the young engineer with contempt. He wore those fancy wire-frame glasses and a look of disgust which indicated that, unlike Gabe, he still had a sense of smell.
Both men looked across the vast pool of sewage which bubbled alarmingly.
“Levels of methane have increased over 300%,” said the engineer, “I blame those new mung bean cereal bars. Have you tried them? They’re delicious.”
Gabe retrieved the cigarette from behind his ear.
“You won’t catch me eating that muck,” he growled and lit his cigarette.
The subsequent fireball was visible from Seattle.