The scene: Warnsveld in Gelderland. The situation: dangerous.
Perhaps you heard it. Perhaps you too were jolted from your sofa by the blast that rocked Warnsveld last night. Perhaps you only read about it on the news. In any case, the facts remain the same. This incident affects us all.
Investigations are on-going, but the following details can be established. Yesterday 13 December, at about 10.30pm, an explosion was heard throughout the quiet town of Warnsveld. Was it a gas leak? A car back-firing? A wayward firework? No. It was something much worse.
When police arrived on the scene, the gravity of the situation became clear. The residents’ worst fears were realised. The orange post box, which for so long had stood majestically on Het Horseler Street, had been blown up.
Who is responsible?
The question on everyone’s mind is: who committed this heinous act? Was it petty vandalism? Was there a political-anarchic motive? Was a foreign government involved? Or was it gangland violence, aimed at preventing a rival clan’s Christmas cards arriving on time?
For yes, at the time of the explosion, the post box was stuffed full of Christmas cards. Heart-rending images have emerged of these joyful epistles, scattered like broken dreams across Het Horseler Street.
In an effort to shed some hope on the situation, the police wasted no time in calling the brave workers of PostNL, who quickly sent a representative to the scene. The damaged cards were gathered up and photographed and posted online in a bid to reach the senders and make sure that the cards reach their intended destinations.
But this may be of little comfort to the residents of Warnsveld. The culprits are still at large, and potentially armed with an arsenal of low-grade, unsophisticated explosives. It is not clear what kind of materials were used, but it seems that army bomb disposal experts were not called.
And yet, what next for this bustling, thriving little town? Where do things go from here?
While the rest of us may be celebrating the peace and love of the festive season, please spare a thought for the people of Warnsveld in Gelderland. For they now look out onto an uncertain future.