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February 8th, 2007
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So, there were explosions and a big fire at a chemical distributor here in KC yesterday. The only part I noticed... was the lights flickering at work. With the first flicker, I winced and then wondered why I winced. I still wonder why I winced. I seriously doubt I would have felt (much less heard) the explosion. Weird.

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From:solan_t
Date:February 8th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)

Re: Blam!

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LOL
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From:mljm
Date:February 8th, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC)
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I was sitting at the dining room table just like I am right now and heard the explosions. A couple of them rattled the windows and I felt our old house shake a little. Shiner, our schip, buffed a little too. It was very odd.

I first thought it was a train derailment or a construction crew working on a bridge not far from here. I only heard about the explosions several hours later after I Katie had dance. We saw the huge plume of smoke from I-70 and 435 on the east side of town.
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From:solan_t
Date:February 8th, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
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I don't think I ever looked back, so I saw nothing. Only heard anything about it when I was home.
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From:solan_t
Date:February 8th, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
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So am I! Glad no one died and only two were hurt, but damn. They distribute paint thinner! All it would have taken was a spark or something in the wrong place. Eeek.
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From:solan_t
Date:February 8th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
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You may have a point there. The computers, however, seem to be on a UPS, because they didn't so much as slow down.
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From:dragonet2
Date:February 8th, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)

I was just grateful

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that the south edge of the plume of smoke was some mile or so north of our house so we got no fallout.

I'm at Metcalf and College, and the plume looked for all the world like a ginormous stationary tornado in the northeast (On a clear day we can see the steam from that power plant near Worlds of Fun...).

Jim had a nearly front-row seat from the 17th floor of Commerce Tower, he said you could see the flames, etc. (the location was east of Isle of Capri casino, and west of the Park Place, were we used to have Conquest.
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