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U.S. Senator Max Baucus has issued a statement about Thursday morning's devastating explosion in downtown Bozeman that leveled Boodles restaurant and destroyed other businesses in the area.
"Like all Montanans, I was shocked to learn of the explosion in downtown Bozeman. I pray that no one got hurt in the accident, and have full confidence in the emergency crews that have responded to the scene. Right now, my staff and I are working quickly to gather more information and determine where the federal government might be of assistance in this matter," Baucus said.
The explosion is believed to have originated at Boodles on Main Street. The explosion rocked the city shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday and could be felt in businesses surrounding the area.
Several businesses in the area have been destroyed. As far as we know, Boodles, Rocking R bar, the American Legion and Lilly Lu children's were destroyed.
No casualties have been reported at this time. Authorities are releasing no details yet on injuries.
Authorities have issued evacuations in the area.
City officials were centering their investigation on a 12-inch gas line that runs a half-block north of Main Street, although the exact cause was still unknown.
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The explosion is believed to have been caused by a natural gas leak, authorities said. NorthWestern Energy had three crews working on the scene most of the day, installing valves on a 12-inch gas main under the alley behind the decimated businesses.
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A natural gas explosion and fire rocked downtown Bozeman on Thursday morning, collapsing three buildings, prompting evacuation of a two-block area and leaving one person missing, officials said.
By Chronicle Staff
Emergency workers late Thursday were able to shut off the gas leak that ensued from the explosion that rocked downtown Bozeman and destroyed four buildings on the 200 block of Main Street.
With the gas leak halted, the fire that had been burning since the explosion early Thursday was extinguished, said assistant city manager Chuck Winn Friday morning.
Law enforcement, NorthWestern Energy and the Bozeman Building Department are now moving into a recovery and investigation phase, ensuring downtown structures are sound before allowing people back in, he said.
Authorities are still searching for one woman who was lost in the early morning explosion.
The power company, Montana Public Service Commission, investigators with the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and local fire officials will now attempt to recreate the circumstances leading up the explosion that rocked downtown Bozeman at 8:12 Thursday morning.
“We need to go stick by stick, brick by brick,” Winn said.
Flames engulfed four downtown Whitehall storefronts around 11 a.m. Friday, destroying two businesses and heavily damaging two others.
There was this huge boom," she told The Montana Standard. "I got up and thought about opening the door (to a dry storage area where the explosion came from) but I saw flames and smoke and just got out of there
Besides destroying the grill, the fire engulfed the neighboring DD Tax Service. The Mint Bar and Cottage Floral and Gifts sustained serious damage, according to eye witnesses.
Smoke and water damaged the neighboring Whitehall Drug and the historic Star Theater.
Black smoke billowing into the sky from the fire could be seen as far away as the east side of Homestake Pass, about 12 miles west of town.
More than two dozen volunteer firefighters from Whitehall and the Jefferson Valley knocked the fire back by mid-afternoon, before it could spread further.
Originally posted by questioningall
reply to post by RFBurns
Get a grip about what? The point to the thread is NOW two Explosions in two towns not far from each other and NOT too far from Yellowstone - those explosions have NO concrete explaination of why they occured.
So..................... that raises questions...............