Skip to comments.Explosion Levels Pinellas Park Shop, 1 Dead
Posted on 04/27/2008 6:28:09 AM PDT by jjw
Fire and sheriff's investigators are combing the scene of an explosion in Pinellas Park where firefighters discovered a body in the debris of a building that exploded just before midnight Saturday.
The explosion and fire also destroyed the neighboring home of a 90-year-old woman and damaged structures around the blast site. Debris was scattered for blocks.
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said Shirley Eileen Grace was not injured but her home was a total loss.
About three hours after the explosion at 6798 Park Blvd., investigators discovered a body in the debris of the single-story building, the sheriff's office said.
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The blast and investigation have closed all eastbound lanes of Park Boulevard between Belcher Road and 66th Street. Two of three westbound lanes are open but traffic is slowed by visual delays, the sheriff's office said.
Just before midnight, the Pinellas 911 lines received numerous reports of an explosion in Pinellas Park and deputies also reported hearing the blast.
The explosion occurred at Rapid Roy's, a former small engine repair shop, the sheriff's office said.
The fire destroyed Grace's neighboring house 7373 68th St. N.
Nearby businesses had broken windows or damage to awnings, the sheriff's office said.
Investigators from the agency's homicide and arson units are working at the scene along with an investigator from the state fire marshal's office.
The sheriff's office expects the eastbound lanes of Park Boulevard to be closed through much of this morning.
What was it now, I wonder?
Roy was so fast, he didn't have time to properly get rid of the old gas he drained from the lawnmowers. He also used a lot of ether to get those balky old Tecumseh's running. Not to mention that suspiciously rusty acetylene tank he forgot about when he sold the place.
"Roy, the Fire MArshal would like to speak with you."
Dang meth labs.
Was William Ayres on vacation?
Roy isn’t so rapid anymore?
Well...yes...but only for a few milliseconds.