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Church damaged by early morning explosion
Newsday.com-AP regional ^ | 9-10-2004 | unknown

Posted on 09/10/2004 5:55:21 AM PDT by nyconse

COLCHESTER, Conn. -- A church in Colchester was leveled by an explosion Friday morning. St. Mary's Ukrainian Church on Route 16, also known as Linwood Ave., was flattened by the explosion just before 7 a.m., according to state police. State police spokesman, Sgt. J. Paul Vance, said the area had been cordoned off and the highway was shut down in both directions. Vance said there was no initial report of injuries and there was no immediate indication of what caused the explosion. The state fire marshal was called to the scene as well utility company crews.

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Church explodes in Connecticut.. I couldn't find this story. I heard it on CNN initially. Anyone know anything about this?
1 posted on 09/10/2004 5:55:22 AM PDT by nyconse
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To: nyconse

Gas leak or TROP?


2 posted on 09/10/2004 5:57:27 AM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: nyconse

http://www.nbc30.com/news/3720396/detail.html


3 posted on 09/10/2004 6:01:01 AM PDT by risk
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To: Lijahsbubbe

Nothing so far...unless you can find something...I'm thinking they would be able to tell if it was a gas leak. Also, I lived in Conn. Most homes, businesses use oil furnaces....I am wondering. No one seems to be covering the story. Kind of surprising since Fox is in New York..It's probably nothing...but it is a Ukranian church which makes me wonder after what happened in Russia.


4 posted on 09/10/2004 6:02:00 AM PDT by nyconse
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To: nyconse

I know this church. I have visited it. Its beautiful.


5 posted on 09/10/2004 6:03:28 AM PDT by VRWC_minion ( I'll send email telling you where to send check.)
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To: risk

Thanks for this...still nothing. I admit it. I am a tinfoil red stater who is really worried about terrorism. That being said, I have no reason to believe this is terrorism...yet.


6 posted on 09/10/2004 6:04:54 AM PDT by nyconse
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To: nyconse

It is on the corner of an entrance to a highway. It would be easy for vandals to have entered it. The rector's residence is also on site and is probably near enough to suffer damage.


7 posted on 09/10/2004 6:05:43 AM PDT by VRWC_minion ( I'll send email telling you where to send check.)
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To: nyconse
Round up the usual suspects.

You know who I mean.

8 posted on 09/10/2004 6:06:19 AM PDT by freedomson (Putin, it's time to unleash hell.)
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To: VRWC_minion

What a pity...it was a beautiful church. I taught in a private school (Ukranian Catholic) and have been to this school because some of my colleages told me about it...pretty area of Connecticut.


9 posted on 09/10/2004 6:06:25 AM PDT by nyconse
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To: nyconse

Either way it's a reminder of what could happen here.


10 posted on 09/10/2004 6:06:27 AM PDT by risk
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To: Lijahsbubbe
Gas leak or TROP?

Neither. It was Karl Rove.

11 posted on 09/10/2004 6:06:34 AM PDT by TexasNative2000 (When it's all said and done, someone starts another conversation.......)
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To: nyconse
but it is a Ukranian church which makes me wonder

The same thought crossed my mind.

12 posted on 09/10/2004 6:07:12 AM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: freedomson

Yeah, the Religion of peace comes to mind...but wait they didn't shoot anyone in the back (especially kids) can't be them.


13 posted on 09/10/2004 6:07:17 AM PDT by nyconse
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To: nyconse

It was Bush!!!


14 posted on 09/10/2004 6:07:19 AM PDT by Casloy (qs)
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To: Lijahsbubbe

Ukranian? I have my suspicions but we'll wait and see.


15 posted on 09/10/2004 6:07:23 AM PDT by AmishDude
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To: TexasNative2000

Boy he has been busy first setting up Kerry Campaign and CBS, running the swifties and now this....


16 posted on 09/10/2004 6:08:16 AM PDT by nyconse
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To: nyconse

Very good thing this happened early on a Friday morning vs. 48 hours from now. Very few people, if any at all, should have been at the church at 7AM. Prayers to anyone and their families who may have been inside the church at time of explosion, i.e., custodian, kitchen workers, etc.


17 posted on 09/10/2004 6:09:21 AM PDT by ohioconservative
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To: AmishDude

Kind of odd, don't you think this isn't on any TV stations? I saw it once on CNN which made me look for story...then nothing it's been pulled from their stupid ticker.


18 posted on 09/10/2004 6:09:27 AM PDT by nyconse
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To: ohioconservative

Very true...if it was ROP then maybe it exploded prematurely.


19 posted on 09/10/2004 6:10:10 AM PDT by nyconse
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To: VRWC_minion

Was beautiful. It's flattened.


20 posted on 09/10/2004 6:10:35 AM PDT by ladylib
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To: nyconse

(s) Ukranian? not black? media is not interested....(/s)


21 posted on 09/10/2004 6:12:08 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: nyconse

Nothing on AP Breaking News ticker.


22 posted on 09/10/2004 6:12:44 AM PDT by AmishDude
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To: AmishDude

This is odd...most of the time a story like this would garner some attention.


23 posted on 09/10/2004 6:13:38 AM PDT by nyconse
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To: nyconse

Still a regional story. They're not going to assume TROP. As soon as there's another angle to the story, it will go national.


24 posted on 09/10/2004 6:14:49 AM PDT by AmishDude
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To: nyconse

It sounds like a gas explosion but it is a Russian Church so who knows.


25 posted on 09/10/2004 6:14:50 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: nyconse

Maybe they are sending someone out to make sure it actually happened before posting? Nah....


26 posted on 09/10/2004 6:15:36 AM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: Sacajaweau

It's on Fox right now...no one hurt, church destroyed and no word what caused it...if it was gas it would be pretty obvious righ. Someone with knowledge about explosions come to my rescue here-no idea!


27 posted on 09/10/2004 6:16:34 AM PDT by nyconse
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To: CindyDawg

It has been over two hours since explosion...but who knows?


28 posted on 09/10/2004 6:17:19 AM PDT by nyconse
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I just saw the pictures on Fox. It looks like a gas exlosion to me. There was no fire, since there is no char marks on anything.


29 posted on 09/10/2004 6:18:16 AM PDT by jbarkley
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To: nyconse

Probably a gas explosion. I remember a restaraunt blown to bits like that once.


30 posted on 09/10/2004 6:18:56 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: nyconse

THe report says the highway is closed. The nearest TV station is at least 1/2 hour away. With the roads closed they may not have access.


31 posted on 09/10/2004 6:19:57 AM PDT by VRWC_minion ( I'll send email telling you where to send check.)
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To: nyconse

BUMPING - monitoring.


32 posted on 09/10/2004 6:20:34 AM PDT by Happy2BMe (Jihad - coming to a school near you - 55 days until November 2nd - 9/11 is this Saturday.)
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To: nyconse

FNC just show video of this ... there is nothing left of the church


33 posted on 09/10/2004 6:22:59 AM PDT by Mo1 (FR NEWS ALERT .... John Kerry over dosed on Botox and thinks he's Bob KerrEy)
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To: Happy2BMe
Saw it on FOX too, just now.

There is nothing left of that church......however, the rectory next door, looks intact, but hard to tell.

34 posted on 09/10/2004 6:26:01 AM PDT by Guenevere
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To: nyconse

They showed pics on FNC, it wasn't just damaged, it was destroyed. It's just a pile of rubble now.


35 posted on 09/10/2004 6:26:45 AM PDT by Brett66 (http://www.scifiartposters.com)
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To: Mo1

Very sad indeed...I hope it was a gas explosion because I am going to seriously freak out if was TROP.


36 posted on 09/10/2004 6:26:54 AM PDT by nyconse
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To: nyconse

I live in next town. There hasn't been a request from Colchester's FD for help so there is no news on local scanners.


37 posted on 09/10/2004 6:27:15 AM PDT by VRWC_minion ( I'll send email telling you where to send check.)
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To: nyconse

Hi, will you ping me with any updates on this regarding reason(S).


38 posted on 09/10/2004 6:28:14 AM PDT by newsgatherer
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To: VRWC_minion

Keep us posted...you will no doubt hear things that I won't-live in Georgia now.


39 posted on 09/10/2004 6:28:14 AM PDT by nyconse
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To: VRWC_minion

I'm sorry to say.........it was leveled.
I saw it on cnn, also.
Nothing left standing.


40 posted on 09/10/2004 6:28:40 AM PDT by LadyPilgrim (Sealed my pardon with His blood, Hallelujah!!! What a Savior!!!)
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To: newsgatherer

Sure will...how do we keep this current (bumped) so other freepers can see it...they may know something or be able to find something out?


41 posted on 09/10/2004 6:29:12 AM PDT by nyconse
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To: nyconse

Fox just ran some film of the church. Completely destroyed. Looks like from the inside out. My guess is natural gas. But who knows?


42 posted on 09/10/2004 6:29:19 AM PDT by Thane_Banquo ("Armed with what? Spitballs?")
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To: nyconse

I passed by it on the way to work this morning. It's off Route 2 and they had the exit blocked off. We passed by at approximately 7:10 am and had not yet heard the news so we assumed it was some sort of automobile accident. There was no smoke or any indication from the higfhway that this had happened. The entire church was leveled. No cause yet. No injuries or damage to surrounding buildings.


43 posted on 09/10/2004 6:30:18 AM PDT by bertmerc1
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To: nyconse

WTF???
Ukrainian?
This better be a gas leak.....


44 posted on 09/10/2004 6:30:19 AM PDT by mabelkitty (Zealous Troll Hunter - and you know who you are - you've been warned.)
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To: Thane_Banquo

As another poster has noted...thank God it wasn't Sunday or even Saturday...people would have died.


45 posted on 09/10/2004 6:30:37 AM PDT by nyconse
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To: mabelkitty

Yeah...I hope so...


46 posted on 09/10/2004 6:31:01 AM PDT by nyconse
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To: nyconse

Local TV News said they were not allowed to get near the Church. State Police still treating the area as a crime scene! Looks like gas explosion on Fox News but don't know what is up with "crime scene".


47 posted on 09/10/2004 6:32:11 AM PDT by airstrike
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To: airstrike

How do we bump this...keep it current?


48 posted on 09/10/2004 6:33:30 AM PDT by nyconse
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To: airstrike

Admin mod...please bump this post...I have no idea how to do this.


49 posted on 09/10/2004 6:34:22 AM PDT by nyconse
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To: nyconse

It sounds like the damage a gas implosion would do..leaving everything around it untouched...an implosion.


50 posted on 09/10/2004 6:35:47 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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