Was it an earthquake? An explosion? What was that strange eruption that took place on Beach Boulevard between Ellis and Talbert avenues at about 1:15 p.m. Sunday?
Wait. It was more than 100 intense Buffalo Bills fans reacting to their team's wild win over the New England Patriots.
The place is Buffalo Wings 'n Things, 18302 Beach Blvd., where each Sunday since 1989 the Bills faithful have gathered to cheer on their team.
It all started just after owner Don Hayes (a dyed-in-the-wool Brooklynite who has never been to Buffalo) opened his establishment more than 22 years ago after seeing how well a couple of other Buffalo Wings 'n Things were doing in Florida.
He did it on a lark. And his now-famous wings didn't exactly fly out of the kitchen that first year.
"This is California, and they hadn't discovered Buffalo wings yet," Hayes said as we stood in his restaurant, the room steadily filling with men, women and children clad in red, white and blue.