I live in Springfield and somehow did not even feel or hear the explosion that rocked us last night. That is probably because I was in a car heading north away from the city at the time. I am so grateful we drove a different way, or we might have been passing downtown at the time of the explosion. My first thought was, “Great, Springfield doesn’t need this.” We still haven’t cleaned up from the 2011 tornado damage. We still have damage from the freak October snowstorm. Thank goodness we didn’t suffer much damage from Superstorm Sandy. We have been in “negotiations” with casinos to renovate downtown in the tornado zone, and now more of downtown is destroyed. And all of this is AFTER we spent millions renovating downtown. It was beautiful. Not so much anymore. This is one of those times when I believe the government needs to step in and do something. I don’t see how we can recover from one disaster after another. I’m supposed to go to a Springfield Falcons game today, and I don’t know if I dare at this point. What is happening to my city? We are the home of the Basketball Hall of Fame, and Dr. Seuss. Throughout the city you can find beautiful high tops (sneakers) that were decorated by local artists. We have amazing shows at City Stage and Symphony Hall, not to mention games and concerts at the Mass Mutual Center. We need to get this city jump started again! My only consolation is that at least Scott Lively, our local bigot, can’t say this is God’s wrath on the gays. It was a straight gentleman’s club that blew up.
- Gas explosion rocks MA strip club (abc15.com)
- Eight people injured as explosion destroys MA strip club (rawstory.com)
- Gas explosion levels building, injures 18 in Springfield, Massachusetts (reuters.com)
- Downtown Springfield Gas Explosion Photo Gallery (wwlp.com)
- Scott Lively: I May Run For MA Governor (joemygod.blogspot.com)