Usually every day at 6pm hundreds of children from the evening batch of St. Antonio D’Silva School come rushing out of the gates and play in the ground, buying junk food from street vendors and jam the whole road.
But on Wednesday evening, heavy rains ensured that parents took their wards straight home and did not allow them to dillydally.
And the rains also ensured that fewer people were hurt in the low-intensity blast at Dadar.
“Fortunately, the children had gone and even the vendors had not set shop because of the rains,” said Rakesh Bhatt, a resident of Jayanera, a building located diagonally opposite Hanuman Mandir bus stop, where the explosive went off.
“Even the women who usually weave garlands had not put out their mats to work in the evening because of the rains. Their children too go to the D’Silva playground to play,” he said.
The area around Kabootarkhana is perpetually crowded with schoolchildren, vendors, illegal hawkers, Hanuman devotees and people walking out of Dadar station, but the 23.4mm rain kept several at bay.
“The incessant rains made life much slower on the street below. Or else we can barely get out in the evenings. In the morning we were grumbling about how the rain has ruined the day but now we realise that it saved the day,” said Sneha Saheshni, a resident of Pandit Niwas, the building opposite the now mangled bus stop.
The rain also helped the police disperse the crowd that had gathered after the explosion. The moment it would start pouring heavily, the bystanders would rush back to the footpath to take shelter under the shop awnings.