People freak out when something happens in New York, but couldn't give a **** when something happens elsewhere even within their own country.
On a hunch I searched the site for "Dallas explosion" and didn't find a single post. (article here ) Even though it was a much more spectacular catastrophe in terms of the visual (thankfully nobody was seriously hurt despite initial reports) and it was situated in the downtown area of a major US metropolitan city nobody batted an eyelash here. I guess an 83 year old steam pipe is much more exciting than a company that handles oxygen, acetylene, and other chemical supplies blowing up. Or was it just that the pipe was in NYC and subconsciously we're all fixated on them being the victims of tragedy? Or is it that we narrow-mindedly expect the next act of terrorism to strike there?
I don't mean to diminish the tragedies that have taken place, both recently and in the past. My only point was to illustrate how people panic to extremes over "this **** happens" type events when they happen in NYC, but pay them no mind when they happen in Downtown Dallas.