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Massive explosion in North Toronto, Ontario
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Posted on 08/10/2008 6:01:40 AM PDT by xcamel

Sunday, August 10, 2008

The explosion seen from the Keele Overpass Image: Michael Gil.

A large explosion has been reported at a propane depot in northern Toronto on Keele Street, near the Highway 401, at approximately 3:48am EST. The cause is currently unknown.

A person who was 10km from the explosion told Wikinews that "my house shook 10 km away. The sky was rumbling every few seconds."

A user on YouTube named "wolfshades" said that "we don't know whether the explosion was chemical or by virtue of its proximity to the Toronto Airport if a plane had crashed."

It is not yet known if the event caused any injuries, although Michael Gil, a contributer to the photo sharing site Flickr, said that "people are hurt."

Large numbers of police are on the scene to keep people away from the explosion.


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KEYWORDS: canada; explosion; propane; toronto
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1 posted on 08/10/2008 6:01:40 AM PDT by xcamel
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To: xcamel

ROP alert?


2 posted on 08/10/2008 6:03:30 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (Obama is the Democrats guy. They bought the ticket, now they must take the ride.)
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To: xcamel

Youtube vids of the explosions:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oV5udSWJcZo (Go to 1:50 for HUGE explosion)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbw_K8pfNfo


3 posted on 08/10/2008 6:04:18 AM PDT by NinoFan
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To: xcamel

3:48 am EST was more than 5 hours ago...


4 posted on 08/10/2008 6:04:36 AM PDT by dinoparty
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To: xcamel
Is the MSM going to avoid this one?

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

5 posted on 08/10/2008 6:05:01 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: dinoparty

Yes, the lack of media coverage of this so far is astonishing. I’ve been reading posts by Toronto residents on different message boards about this for the past few hours. I’m amazed that this has received almost no attention.


6 posted on 08/10/2008 6:06:18 AM PDT by NinoFan
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To: xcamel

Awe, that’s swell.


7 posted on 08/10/2008 6:06:51 AM PDT by Blogger
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To: xcamel

train tankers being reported


8 posted on 08/10/2008 6:07:06 AM PDT by xcamel (Conservatives start smart, and get rich, liberals start rich, and get stupid.)
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To: NinoFan

The replies, just unfathomably stupid. Makes me appreciate FR more.


9 posted on 08/10/2008 6:08:25 AM PDT by ovrtaxt (This election is like running in the Special Olympics. Even if McCain wins, we're still retarded.)
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To: ConservativeMan55
A reminder to release "Hostage Honey" pronto or level (the capital) Toronto?
10 posted on 08/10/2008 6:09:00 AM PDT by wally_bert (Tactical Is Still Missing A Chair!)
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To: NinoFan

Gee wiz. That was huge.


11 posted on 08/10/2008 6:09:45 AM PDT by Blogger
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To: NinoFan

Amazing video. Thanks for posting the link!


12 posted on 08/10/2008 6:11:17 AM PDT by jan in Colorado (For Barack Hussein Obama TRUTH FILE see my homepage!)
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To: xcamel

One of the comments under the vid: “Hank Hill is in a fetal position.” That made me laugh.

Prayers for those injured.


13 posted on 08/10/2008 6:15:01 AM PDT by dinoparty
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To: NinoFan
Yes, the lack of media coverage of this so far is astonishing.

It's the weekend ... journalists not on special assignment in Beijing aren't available 'till Monday 0900. Also the reason, of course, Edwards admits affair late afternoon on a Friday.

14 posted on 08/10/2008 6:20:25 AM PDT by BluH2o
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To: xcamel

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/08/10/propane-fire.html


15 posted on 08/10/2008 6:20:44 AM PDT by RonDog
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To: ConservativeMan55
Probably just an industrial accident. Its a propane facility. It has apparently injured some locals and some houses have gone up in flames too. Evacuations are occurring because there are some tanker cars on the rail lines that go into the facility and they don't know what chemicals are in them. I live a number of miles away and didn't hear or feel anything but I was asleep so who knows. It's an unusually cool day today for this time of year and there is some rain predicted for today.
16 posted on 08/10/2008 6:22:58 AM PDT by xp38
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To: BluH2o

http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/toronto/archive/2008/08/10/explosion-rocks-west-end-photos-reports.aspx


17 posted on 08/10/2008 6:24:20 AM PDT by RonDog
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To: NinoFan

Curious. How did it happen that a video camera was on in the middle of the night, recording a fire that nobody in the media seems to care about?


18 posted on 08/10/2008 6:26:48 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (My spiritual advisor is a lawyer.)
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To: RonDog

fire or feu?


19 posted on 08/10/2008 6:28:27 AM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: xcamel

bump for later. thanks.


20 posted on 08/10/2008 6:32:30 AM PDT by panaxanax (Writing in Duncan Hunter/John Bolton in 2008!)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

There have been a series of explosions...maybe after the first some cameras were aimed at the place. Local news report...

Homes evacuated and section of 401 closed after explosions in Keele and Wilson area

Sunday, August 10, 2008 - 05:30 AM
By: 680News Staff

Police evacuated homes in the area of Keele and Wilson after a series of explosions at a propane facility.

At the request of Toronto Police Service, OPP and MTO closed all access to Highway 401 between DVP/404 and Highway 400.

Residents are being warned that the smoke could be toxic. Police say there were workers in the propane depot, but it’s unknown what happened to them. So far there are no confirmed casualties.

Callers to the 680News room said there were dozens of explosions that shook buildings and sent black smoke billowing into the air.

A man named Bernard called 680News and said he was working at a building in the area when the explosions occurred and he thought the building was going to come down. He said, “Glass was flying everywhere, the doors were knocked in, it’s a terrible mess.”

A woman named Christina said, “There was a huge, huge billow of smoke that went straight up in the air and then an absolute massive gas ball exploded.”

Police brought in buses to take residents out of the area to the Yorkdale shopping centre southeast of the scene of the explosions.

A number of police and emergency vehicles are at the scene. Some roads in the area were closed off and police blocked access to the 401 at Keele.

There were no reports of any serious injuries.


21 posted on 08/10/2008 6:39:06 AM PDT by xp38
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
How did it happen that a video camera was on in the middle of the night, recording a fire that nobody in the media seems to care about?

I’m guessing that the very first explosion woke up quite a few people who ran to their windows to see what was happening and seeing a really big fire a few got their camcorders out.

The guy could have already been awake, either up really late or up really early.
22 posted on 08/10/2008 6:43:48 AM PDT by Caramelgal (Just a lump of organized protoplasm - braying at the stars :),)
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To: xcamel; GMMAC; Clive; exg; kanawa; conniew; backhoe; -YYZ-; Former Proud Canadian; Squawk 8888; ...

23 posted on 08/10/2008 6:45:30 AM PDT by fanfan (SCC:Canadians have constitutional protection to all opinions, as long as they are based on the facts)
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To: xcamel; Cindy; All
Toronto Star

Massive evacuation follows blast

Thousands out of home after early morning fireworks at propane depot

Thousands of people have been evacuated and an entire section of the city's north end has been completely shut down as emergency officials continue to fight a major fire at a propane distributor in the Wilson Ave. and Keele St. area, caused by a series of explosions just before 4 a.m. this morning.

At this point, official say the number one concern for firefighters are two large rail tankers on the property. Each tanker has the capacity to carry 220,000 litres of propane gas. Officials do not believe they are full but have caught fire throughout the morning.

“The tanks are venting and we have to cool them with water to prevent them from potentially exploding,” said Bob O’Hallarn, Toronto fire division commander.

Police say air quality testing has been done and has revealed the air is not toxic.

O’Hallarn said since the fire started, only one person has been transported to hospital, with a sprained ankle. However, there are several reports of people making their way to hospitals on their own.

A stretch of Hwy. 401 has been closed - between the DVP/404 and Hwy. 400 - as well as all ramps exiting and entering that part of the highway. A no-fly zone has been declared above the area.

“There is a no-fly zone for small planes and Toronto airport has been alerted to ensure the safety of people arriving in Toronto,” O’Hallarn said.

“We have about 35 apparatus; 130 firefighters,” he said. “I believe we may have more than that for a while because we had a shift changeover,” he said, explaining that both overnight and morning personnel are fighting the blaze.

Eyewitness accounts say explosions were so powerful that windows were knocked out, framed photographs hanging on people’s walls have been broken and there are reports of cars on fire.

“(Damage includes) some vehicles on fire, damage to houses from the explosion across the street. We’ve checked out the houses . . . so far, we have not found anyone injured in those houses,” O’Hallarn said.

“We’ve treated some minor injuries at the scene . . . for minor cuts and bruises. We have notified all the local hospitals,” said Peter McEntire of Toronto EMS.

It is unclear how many people were in the facility when the explosion took place. O’Hallarn said there was a driver on property loading his delivery truck and he saw some smoke. It does not appear he is injured.

There are no preliminary reports of what the cause was.

O’Hallarn said firefighters have had to get water from elsewhere because the fire is so big.

“Anytime we have an; incident of this size, we are going to have to be bringing water from a fair ways away. The main (waterway) can only supply so much water. We are relaying water from other areas.”

As of this point, the fire has not yet been controlled.

“We are asking people that live within the area . . . please leave their homes at this point. If you have a home or a business, we ask you to leave and get to a place of safety,” said Neil Correander of Toronto police.

“People who do not have vehicles, the TTC is assisting us on the major streets . . . we ask people who are leaving their homes to please take any medication . . . anything you require to get through the course of this day.”

“It was just a tremendous explosion and blew all the windows out of the house, just blew the house up, and I just managed to get out of there in time,” Robert Helman told The Canadian Press, who was covered in cuts and bruises. As he ran out of his house, a “wave of a heat” followed him.

Eugene Koutcher, who lives about a kilometre south of the area, said the explosions woke him up to “a huge orange fire” early today.

“I was just asleep and it was a huge explosion and I thought it was thunderstorm,” he said. “It was absolutely a huge explosion, actually a number of explosions.”

An emergency worker with Bombardier, which has a facility in the area, told CP he saw houses on fire. The worker, who did not want to be identified, also said he saw propane tanks dropping from the sky.

The worker said the propane supply was shut down, but warned there could be more explosions until the remaining propane in the tanks is burned.

Star Staff

24 posted on 08/10/2008 6:49:00 AM PDT by fanfan (SCC:Canadians have constitutional protection to all opinions, as long as they are based on the facts)
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To: xcamel
Toronto propane blast prompts evacuation

The Canadian Press

August 10, 2008 at 9:14 AM EDT

TORONTO — Thousands of people are being evacuated from their homes following a series of massive explosions at a Toronto propane facility.

A series of explosions sent balls of fire and plumes of black smoke into the early morning sky Sunday and forced police to order the evacuation of a large number of frightened residents.

Highways were shut down and a no-fly zone was ordered over the area in northwest Toronto at Keele and Wilson.

Police urged people to leave their homes and for worried relatives to stay away. They said air quality testing showed the air is not toxic.

Witnesses who live near the Sunrise Propane facility in the northwest Toronto neighbourhood said they were awakened by a thunderous explosion and saw the sky light up bright orange before it turned black with smoke.

“It was just a tremendous explosion and blew all the windows out of the house, just blew the house up, and I just managed to get out of there in time,” said Robert Helman, who was covered in cuts and bruises.

Police, who were to provide more details from a command centre in the area at 8 a.m., reported at least two injuries.

A fire official said residents living in a 1.6-kilometre radius had been forced out of their homes.

Mr. Helman said he saw a “huge fireball” and heard “multiple explosions,” just before 4 a.m.

As he ran out of his house, a “wave of a heat” followed him.

Ricardo Oliveria, 24, was on the third floor of his house when he received a call from his girlfriend who heard the explosion and was frightened. He told her it was probably just a thunder storm, but then heard a blast.

“My windows just cracked and they blew out,” Mr. Oliveira said.

“My whole room lights up orange and I look out. I live on the top floor so I had a perfect view. And I just seen a huge ball of flame hundreds of metres in the sky, big black pillars of smoke.”

“We got freaked out. My family woke up. They thought it was a plane that went down,” he said.

The first explosion sounded like a loud thunderclap and could be heard at least seven kilometres away.

It was followed by a series of more muffled explosions.

Clouds of dark smoke could be seen billowing hundreds of metres into the air and were visible from the 401 highway. Provincial police began closing all access to Highway 401 between the Don Valley Parkway and Highway 400 at about 7 a.m.

Shortly afterward, Toronto fire services division commander Bob O'Hallaran said there were still some tankers in flames at the site.

“We're working on cooling those down,” said Mr. O'Hallaran. “And we're evacuating the area as a precaution.”

Mr. O'Hallaran said some houses were damaged.

An emergency worker with Bombardier, which has a facility in the area, said he saw houses on fire. The worker, who did not want to be identified, also said he saw propane tanks dropping from the sky.

The worker said the propane supply was shut down, but warned there could be more explosions until the remaining propane in the tanks is burned.

Police brought in buses to take residents out of the area to the Yorkdale shopping centre southeast of the scene of the explosions.

Some people moved away from the danger zone were wearing masks.

Police with megaphones were warning residents that the air was toxic and they should leave immediately.

Some terrified residents walked to the shopping mall in their pyjamas. Mall security helped keep them calm and offered them a place to rest.

Police said there were workers at the propane facility, but it wasn't known how many or if they were safe.

Scores of police and emergency vehicles were on the scene trying to keep people out of the danger zone. A police spokesman said officers had been dispatched from all divisions.

A city taxi driver said he and his co-workers fill up their cabs at Sunrise Propane Industrial Gases, which also provides 24-hour emergency service.

The company's website says it also serves residential, industrial and agriculture clients. The industrial gas it supplies includes nitrogen, propane, helium and argon. Sunrise Propane also provides safety training for propane and dangerous goods certificates.


25 posted on 08/10/2008 6:49:12 AM PDT by csvset
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To: RonDog

WoW


26 posted on 08/10/2008 6:49:28 AM PDT by nuconvert (Obama - Preferred by 4 out of 5 Dictators & Terrorists)
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To: xcamel

These images show a massive explosion in Toronto's northwest in the early morning of Sunday, Aug. 10, 2008. The elapsed time for the four images is about ten seconds.

27 posted on 08/10/2008 6:50:40 AM PDT by fanfan (SCC:Canadians have constitutional protection to all opinions, as long as they are based on the facts)
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To: xcamel
A large explosion has been reported at a propane depot.... The cause is currently unknown.

I would be willing to bet that the cause of the explosion was.... propane.

28 posted on 08/10/2008 6:50:54 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: ConservativeMan55

[ROP alert?]

You bet. I watched 30 sec. of the U-tube video and using my brilliant powers of observation and analytical abilities, I determined it was Mahmoud-al-blivet, using an IED, in the propane yard.

Case closed.


29 posted on 08/10/2008 7:04:49 AM PDT by dbacks (Should we really elect a man that would not be allowed to be an airport baggage screener?)
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To: P-Marlowe
I would be willing to bet that the cause of the explosion was.... propane.

Which means that global warming will now be accelerated. Polar bears will die for this.

30 posted on 08/10/2008 7:07:20 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Barack Obama--the first black Jimmy Carter.)
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To: xcamel

They’ve had a couple of similar incidents in Texas over the last few years.


31 posted on 08/10/2008 7:18:39 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: fanfan; Clive
Special prayers for our Canadian neighbors in the Toronto vicinity. Unbelievable.
32 posted on 08/10/2008 7:22:29 AM PDT by Chgogal (Voting "Present" 130 times might be a sign of a smart politician. It is not a sign of a good leader.)
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To: NinoFan

Time 1:50 (for visual) and 4:20 (audio) on the first youtube video you posted.


33 posted on 08/10/2008 7:24:17 AM PDT by HollyB
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To: xcamel; thackney; 1COUNTER-MORTER-68
FYI!

Thackney, how dependent is Toronto and environs on this propane supply and supply depot? From the looks of it, it seems to be a huge propane plant/depot.

34 posted on 08/10/2008 7:25:35 AM PDT by Chgogal (Voting "Present" 130 times might be a sign of a smart politician. It is not a sign of a good leader.)
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To: Chgogal

Thanks Chgogal.


35 posted on 08/10/2008 7:25:46 AM PDT by fanfan (SCC:Canadians have constitutional protection to all opinions, as long as they are based on the facts)
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To: xcamel; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; Cannoneer No. 4; ...

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36 posted on 08/10/2008 7:27:15 AM PDT by Clive
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To: Blogger

If I saw that in the night sky (especially the huge fire ball that occurred at one point), it would have freaked me out pretty good.


37 posted on 08/10/2008 7:27:55 AM PDT by HollyB
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To: NinoFan; thackney; 1COUNTER-MORTER-68

Watch the videos. It is quite impressive in the bad way.

The first one is the best. The guy was very steady but much further away than the second video. The second video is closer to ground zero. You can see debris flying up in the air.


38 posted on 08/10/2008 7:30:05 AM PDT by Chgogal (Voting "Present" 130 times might be a sign of a smart politician. It is not a sign of a good leader.)
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To: fanfan

Jesus.

If I had been near that I would have thought it was a nuke at first.


39 posted on 08/10/2008 7:34:06 AM PDT by modest proposal (Congress (n). Place where you can be supported in comfort by the state to talk stupid)
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To: xcamel
Someone violated a "No Smoking Area" rule?

OOOOwwch!

Photobucket

40 posted on 08/10/2008 7:47:39 AM PDT by Candor7 (Fascism? All it takes is for good men to say nothing, (Ridicule Obama))
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To: xcamel

Oh NO! Prayers for the safety of all involved!


41 posted on 08/10/2008 8:01:11 AM PDT by sneakers (Liberty is the answer to the human condition.)
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To: modest proposal

You ain’t kidding. Especially the shockwave.


42 posted on 08/10/2008 8:07:51 AM PDT by My Favorite Headache (Peace Sucks. It means that somewhere there are terrorists that no one is shooting at.)
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To: xcamel

I’m a few kilometres from the explosions, my house mates felt it, and people up to 12 km away could feel and see it. It didn’t ever strike me as a high end facility, I’m surprised at the size of the explosion, it was like a mushroom cloud.

http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=d-5WQbx-dzA&feature=related

http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=ya11Z3TW26g&feature=related


43 posted on 08/10/2008 8:14:43 AM PDT by Catholic Canadian ( I love Stephen Harper!)
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To: Catholic Canadian

Check out this footage, the really big blast is at 1:50 of the video:

http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=oV5udSWJcZo&feature=related

It’s mayhem out there today. With all the shop windows, I’m wondering how long til the looting begins, this is near gangbanger territory.


44 posted on 08/10/2008 8:21:33 AM PDT by Catholic Canadian ( I love Stephen Harper!)
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To: csvset

It’s hard to imagine people without cars.


45 posted on 08/10/2008 8:27:09 AM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast; All

“How did it happen that a video camera was on in the middle of the night...”

I doubt that it was already on when the explosion started. Rather the person woke up from the blast and started recording. If you look at the first link in Comment 3, you see the camera is at first waving around. Then it settles down and you see over time first one, then a second, and then at least 2 more separated explosions, which makes sense if this is a propane tank farm.


46 posted on 08/10/2008 8:32:26 AM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: Chgogal

Good Grief!...


47 posted on 08/10/2008 8:38:55 AM PDT by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: xcamel

MY SON LIVES RIGHT THERE!

I just called, spoke to my daughter-in-law. She said the house shook, at first she thought it was a bombing. But they are OK, for now anyway.


48 posted on 08/10/2008 8:42:01 AM PDT by Alouette (Vicious Babushka)
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To: modest proposal

If it was, I don’t think you’d be alive to think it was a nuke.


49 posted on 08/10/2008 8:44:59 AM PDT by wastedyears (Show me your precious darlings, and I will crush them all)
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To: goldstategop; All

Here is another one that seems to be ignored. I couldn’t even get it posted here at FR. Even contacted the Admin Mod yesterday as to why my post didn’t show up. No answer today. Maybe someone else can get it posted. It is about an American being killed in Beijing during the Olympics.

http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/one-american-killed-another-injured/story.aspx?guid=%7B5596A55B%2D6657%2D4E05%2D8E18%2D87D5B49F4EC3%7D&tool=1&dist=bigcharts&;


50 posted on 08/10/2008 8:45:45 AM PDT by gleeaikin
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