A. In Episode 10, of Season 7, "The Dark... Whatever".
The "Phantom" arsonist strikes again.
He had previously burned people alive in a car, an elevator and a restaurant. This time, his target is a bus.
As the scene opens, a guy (Joseph Jensen) gets on a bus and walks to the back. His fellow passengers don't pay much attention.
opens a duffel bag, takes out a silver, fire-proof suit and puts it
on. Then he starts spraying people with kerosene (or some other
liquid accelerant). At this moment, passengers start fleeing the bus.
But we then see the back of the bus explode into flames, trapping at least a few of the remaining passengers in the fire.
the next scene, the police are on the crime scene. Dexter boards the
bus, and sees bloody sheets covering the victims. Bosso, the odd
Arson Investigator is sniffing the bodies.
mentions that behavior and asks Dexter if he suspects
Bosso. He says no, that he has an alibi. Debra is upset to
learn that Dexter has already vetted him.
Masuka comes out to say that they have found a security camera on the bus.
What is it actually in real life?
A. A bus, on a public street.
Where can I find it in real life?
A. When the scene opens, the bus is headed east on Bay Shore Avenue, and stops at the corner of Vista Street, in Long Beach, CA.
In 2010, I was at this intersection, walking around, shooting the
photos you see above, to match the "Barrel Girls" accident scene.
Little did I know that two years later, that exact same spot would also
be used for the burning bus scene...
September 2012, I had heard that they would be filming at Appian Way
& Bay Shore. So I drove by early that day, and spotted the bus
(complete with Miami decals and a fake ad on the side) parked in the
Marine Stadium lot on Appian Way.
I shot this photo of the bus there:
So I had assumed that the bus scene would be on Appian Way. But
when I watched the show, I was surprised to see that they actually
ended up shooting it on Bay Shore, at Vista.