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Old 03-05-2009, 01:49 PM
 
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The main reason is explosion of gas. Here are photos from this tragic event... www.themapicus.com/bozeman-explosion.html (broken link)
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Old 03-05-2009, 02:21 PM
 
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ok PRESS RELEASE! the fire is controlled however it will keep burning till after 3 when they will shut down the gas after installing a valve on the line... there are no deaths currently... however only 1 person is unaccounted for... there will we another conference at 3 but that is for the reconstruction and cleanup of there area... the gov and his crews are down there boarding up local windows that had shattered to hopefully contain the heat and prevent theft... hopefully keep ya updated for live radio go to klcountry.com... they have an internet feed... hope that helps...
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Old 03-05-2009, 02:23 PM
 
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I have friends reporting that it was a drunked terror attack at the bars... lol ... but it was confirmed it isnt an attack... hope cnn picks up this story... im sick of casey anthony and the chris brown case...
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Old 03-05-2009, 06:26 PM
 
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I heard a UFO landed and took out the two bars to cut down on all the sinning that goes on there. The other businesses that were damaged were just "collateral" damage. I'm not saying this is true but I will say that I'm not going near a bar for a few weeks.
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Old 03-05-2009, 09:38 PM
 
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KBZK.com

Montana's News Station - Fair. Accurate. To the Point. -KBZK - Bozeman - Home (http://www.montanasnewsstation.com/Global/category.asp?C=50432 - broken link)

Catherine
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Old 03-06-2009, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Gaston, North Carolina
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Well I was in Belgrade when it happened but I could see the smoke. We went to the courthouse in Bozeman not long after it happened and the roads were closed within a block of the courthouse. A woman at the post office showed me some pictures and our computer guy said he talked with an employee of one of the places and they said they believe the owner of the Gallery may be the casualty and possibly turned on a light igniting the gas, but it is all specualtion at this time. I hope the woman is just unaccounted for and shows up well.
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Old 03-06-2009, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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This makes me so sad, to see the old places destroyed and people's livelihoods with them

Hopefully the unaccounted-for person will show up safe and sound.

And hopefully what's rebuilt will be in character with the rest of Bozeman's unique old downtown area, and not something newfangled and unrecognisable, as is happening with so many other older downtowns.
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Old 03-07-2009, 04:02 PM
 
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Default Whitehall and Bozeman related?

Any scuttlebut on the theory that maybe the two incidents are related?I mean two explosions on to main streets in two towns in Montana is not something in the norm right?
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Old 03-07-2009, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Any scuttlebut on the theory that maybe the two incidents are related?I mean two explosions on to main streets in two towns in Montana is not something in the norm right?
I hadn't heard about Whitehall, but... I doubt there is any connection, other than that most gas lines in both towns are probably about the same age (I read in one account that Bozeman's mains were installed in 1925, but being heavy steel, were still in good shape). Thus the smaller lines, connectors, valves and such going into various buildings are about the same age too, and that means you can get several similar failures fairly close together. Nothing need connect them other than being of similar age and manufacture, and therefore with similar levels of age-related deterioration, as does happen with all infrastructure over time.

If I were going to blow up Bozeman on purpose, I certainly wouldn't concentrate my efforts on an old building that was empty of people. Any self-respecting terrorist would go for the mall or a school or something like that, not some small piece of an ancient downtown! And Whitehall, what the heck is in Whitehall that's worth the effort??

Now that I think of it... blowing up malls doesn't sound all bad
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Old 03-07-2009, 05:45 PM
 
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Default Whitehall explosion downtown

Several Whitehall businesses were destroyed by a fire that raged through the city's downtown and firefighters worked feverishly Friday afternoon to get the blaze under control.
A two-block radius in the area of West Legion Avenue and North Main Street remains evacuated Friday evening. The entire town was without electricity Friday until shortly before 5:30 p.m.
An explosion led to the fire that destroyed a handful of businesses at the intersection of Legion and Main.
Crews will remain on the scene all night watching for hot spots or flare-ups, Whitehall Fire Chief Rick Strauss said.
Legion Street will remain closed through the night and at least part of the street will remain closed Saturday.
Charred debris filled Main Street in front of some of the burned-out businesses.
Five fire departments responded to the blaze. Most of those returned to their stations Friday night. The fire marshal is on the scene and an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire.
Just over an hour after the fire started, it had gotten into a main power line, which feeds various sources directly from the NorthWestern substation, officials at NorthWestern Energy said.
In order to prevent that line from being damaged along with other equipment, NorthWestern de-energized the line as a precautionary measure, leaving the entire town without power. Crews began working to return the power at 5 p.m.
Businesses that have been destroyed include the Legion Street Grill, Mint Bar, Cottage Floral and D & D Tax Service. Firefighters were working to save several others Friday afternoon.
Several other businesses are engulfed in flames, according to witnesses at the scene.
An official with the Montana Department of Transportation said a call came in at about 11:30 a.m. that several businesses had been lost.
Other businesses in the area include Whitehall Drug, McCloud Realtors and Whitehall Cinemas.
Owners of the Legion Street Grill said the restaurant was just starting to fill up with lunchtime customers when there was an explosion.
"I was doing the inventory, finishing up for taxes, it was 11 o'clock and I heard the explosion. It just knocked me off my chair and I saw smoke and ran up to the restaurant and told (co-owner) Jane (Bowman), ‘We need to get everybody out of the building. I don't know what it was.' It was like instantly," owner Gabi Hall said.
There were 15 to 20 customers in the restaurant at the time of the explosion along with six employees, Hall said. No one was injured.
Flames could be seen 75-feet in the air, one worker in the area said.
A magnitude 4.2 earthquake centered some 12 miles south of Whitehall occurred at about 4:30 a.m. Friday, the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology said. The bureau had no immediate reports of property damage and it is unclear if the two incidents are related.
Whitehall has roughly 1,100 residents.

http://www.montanasnewsstation.com/Global/story.asp?S=9960875&nav=menu227_5

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