The force of the blast broke windows for blocks and was felt miles
we noticed lights flicker twice
(apparently there were actually two explosions)
and learned hours later it was one of the side-effects of the event.
In a small town,
one cannot help have but few degrees of separation from such an event.
Two nephews of a friend were doing plumbing work on a building two
blocks away and were quickly
on scene to shut off many gas feeds.
They reported bricks and other debris raining from the sky long after
Another friend was at work in the bank across the street;
the bank was undergoing renovation and the front was clad in sheets of
shielding it from the worst effects of the blast.
they were having a safety meeting at the time.
Rocking R Bar
was destroyed in the blast and is owned by a family living close by
in the Canyon.
Shortly after the blast it was determined one person was missing.
there were no other serious injuries.
there were few degrees of separation:
well before authorities identified the missing woman,
we learned she was once half of a caretaker couple living at the
property of one of our friends in the canyon.
He flew back from Georgia to attend the funeral.
This event is going to have a long-lasting effect on the character and
economy of the downtown.
We had planned to have dinner with friends the following Friday night
at a restaurant one block from the blast.
These plans were cancelled,
then reinstated late Friday afternoon when we learned the restaurant
planned to open.
Streets for blocks around were closed but we were able to park and
walk to the restaurant through the emergency vehicles,
police and National Guard securing the area.
We were greeted by a staff very happy to see customers.
When we left,
there were many empty tables in a place normally packed on a Friday
Among the businesses destroyed were:
A few doors east from the blast site is
Vino per tutti,
our favorite wine shop.
It was completely undamaged,
perhaps due to their
unique racking system.