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Explosions in Tulsa
KRMG internet stream | 8/18/03 | B.O. Plenty

Posted on 08/18/2003 2:46:26 PM PDT by B.O. Plenty

Massive explosions arount Peoria exit off I244 in tulsa....No causes yet ....


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; US: Oklahoma
KEYWORDS: explosions; tulsa; turass
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1 posted on 08/18/2003 2:46:27 PM PDT by B.O. Plenty
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To: B.O. Plenty
Oh, that's not good. I have family in that area.
2 posted on 08/18/2003 2:47:22 PM PDT by FourPeas
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To: 2Jedismom
Hear anything?
3 posted on 08/18/2003 2:47:46 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog (And whither then? I cannot say)
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To: FourPeas
Hmmm.....I don't want to say terrorism... cuz I'll prolly be wrong....
4 posted on 08/18/2003 2:48:19 PM PDT by Lazamataz (PROUDLY POSTING WITHOUT READING THE ARTICLE SINCE 1999!)
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To: B.O. Plenty
SHOWER SERIES HUGH
5 posted on 08/18/2003 2:48:54 PM PDT by Petronski (I'm not always cranky.)
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To: Lazamataz
Nah, my family are rednecks, not terrorists. :)
6 posted on 08/18/2003 2:49:12 PM PDT by FourPeas
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To: B.O. Plenty
Oil or gas related?
7 posted on 08/18/2003 2:49:17 PM PDT by mtbopfuyn
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To: B.O. Plenty
Looks like an industrial area in the aerial photo at MapQuest.
8 posted on 08/18/2003 2:51:01 PM PDT by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: B.O. Plenty
Meth lab?
9 posted on 08/18/2003 2:51:02 PM PDT by keithtoo (Tax Cuts - A robber who doesn't steal from you isn't GIVING you a VCR!!)
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To: mtbopfuyn
Company reported called Air-gas. Thick black smoke rising visible from downtown Tulsa, fire spreading to surrounding buildings......244 shut down from both directions...
10 posted on 08/18/2003 2:52:49 PM PDT by B.O. Plenty
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To: MineralMan
Try here for the aerial photo: Very long URL

http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?dtype=a&mapdata=VCxmZg+pP/jXWoGVZON5pRDoYZp8dAuOBAH8XRyW6LtSv+rZLiEqcaBzgnmX+8KYhmd+Wyzwtf5mR7+DYzrzEVxsIg/tm80z1eUsFDd/UYUz/Isvbc1LIZzZ8aOk9yOlToIMFGVwSiRbiztQdgCCSRRvwbcsMneW6h45XGPPdmgo6Q/1CnZ6Tw5RQwpOh1ZfMUGrJ5cUqVseqiyZ1+9xMMnTNUWk9EVZriM62aSRzvd3CbDdPS+oLBUYpfCcsZkZcVN0+ENsxs9bSLK5hFa1jFh4Zdv+6Nex4/V+6LkE2yOMFiDbKE7Pa8ehZimae2Uzk8scx1KmS12n/FRGcift88Hrpz+P0RgBmNmx1wcYF2jr1kncP6OAjQ==
11 posted on 08/18/2003 2:53:06 PM PDT by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: FourPeas
You made me burst out laughing at that comment!

It is I-244 at Perioria! Massive fire -- it is being carried live on Channel 9 out of OKC. One explosions after another. This is AirGas Mid South plant is blowing up!

Very powerful explosions. Evacuating people a mile around the area.
12 posted on 08/18/2003 2:53:13 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (VOTE FOR ARNOLD -- GOP's Best Chance to Tank Hillary for 2004 and beyond!)
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To: B.O. Plenty
It's an AirGas plant...custom gases for a several state area, including our laboratory in OKC.
13 posted on 08/18/2003 2:53:28 PM PDT by Treebeard
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To: B.O. Plenty
Is it a Refinery ?
14 posted on 08/18/2003 2:54:09 PM PDT by comnet
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To: MineralMan
Channel 9, OKC, has hooked into the streaming video out of Tulsa. Explosions are still going on -- they have moved emergency crews back!

Another explosion and sending shrapnel out!
15 posted on 08/18/2003 2:54:43 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (VOTE FOR ARNOLD -- GOP's Best Chance to Tank Hillary for 2004 and beyond!)
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To: okchemyst
http://www.ktul.com/news/stories/0803/99137.html

Tulsa - An explosion near 3rd and Peoria has forced the evacuation of an area near downtown Tulsa.

We're told the explosion happened at about 4:30 p.m. at Air Gas & Supply.

Multiple explosions have rocked the area and the hazardous materials team has been called to the scene. It's not known exactly what caused the explosion at this time, but an evacuation order has been issued for an area one half mile in all directions.

Also closed down is Interstate 244 in both directions. EMSA has been called to the scene.

We will have more on this story when it becomes available.

16 posted on 08/18/2003 2:54:49 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: PhiKapMom
a guy reporting right now that his car was hit with a big piece of debris.....
17 posted on 08/18/2003 2:55:33 PM PDT by B.O. Plenty
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To: okchemyst
Praying for all employees to get out safely!
18 posted on 08/18/2003 2:56:09 PM PDT by mil-vet
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To: Lazamataz
Someones still blewed up real good...
19 posted on 08/18/2003 2:56:20 PM PDT by Dog (: "And good ol' boys were drinking whiskey and rye, singing 'This'll be the day Saddam dies...'")
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To: okchemyst
If you are near a TV, Channel 9 is carrying this live out of OKC by bringing the feed from their sister station in Tulsa!

20 posted on 08/18/2003 2:56:21 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (VOTE FOR BUSH-CHENEY '04 - www.Georgewbush.com)
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To: okchemyst
Oh Jeez. You can bet there all sorts of nasty stuff there. Was involved in a case where a rogue cylidner 80%Silane 20% NO2 went up. There were cylinders of phosgene, radioactive gasses, etc at the location. 5 mile radius evacuation was the result, if memory serves.
21 posted on 08/18/2003 2:57:18 PM PDT by frithguild (Better living through technology)
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To: okchemyst
"It's an AirGas plant..."

Whatever it is dosen't matter - they will still use it as an excuse to raise the pump prices here in CA.
22 posted on 08/18/2003 2:57:22 PM PDT by RS (nc)
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To: PhiKapMom
Do they have BLEVEs?
23 posted on 08/18/2003 2:57:34 PM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the Law of the Excluded Middle)
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To: PhiKapMom
Sorry I posted a joke...this sounds series.
24 posted on 08/18/2003 2:57:36 PM PDT by Dog (: "And good ol' boys were drinking whiskey and rye, singing 'This'll be the day Saddam dies...'")
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To: B.O. Plenty
They said each explosion is sending out shrapnel -- scarey -- the explosions just keep coming. Fire has spread across the area!
25 posted on 08/18/2003 2:57:41 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (VOTE FOR BUSH-CHENEY '04 - www.Georgewbush.com)
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To: Shermy
Oh gheese, not Gas plant.
26 posted on 08/18/2003 2:58:10 PM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: PhiKapMom
LOL, it's the truth. Sounds like a nasty situation, though. When I was a kid, a spark in a machine shop next to a gas station started a big fire that shut down an expressway a large part of the city. I remember looking at the fire from a long, long distance and still being able to feel the heat of the gasoline burning. Since that time I've always had a great respect for flammable gasses.
27 posted on 08/18/2003 2:58:43 PM PDT by FourPeas
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DANG!
28 posted on 08/18/2003 2:59:01 PM PDT by meanie monster (hooked on phonics werked for me.)
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To: Dog
It is unbelieveable to watch. You can see flames and explosions happening as they are reporting. Moving everyone out of the area. Huge fire going on right now with a lot of black smoke that has spread rapidly!
29 posted on 08/18/2003 2:59:09 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (VOTE FOR BUSH-CHENEY '04 - www.Georgewbush.com)
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To: B.O. Plenty
Oi blame Booosh...
30 posted on 08/18/2003 2:59:43 PM PDT by johnb838 (Liberalizm and homoizm are cults of death - no life can come from them.)
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To: RightWhale
Do they have BLEVEs?

What are BLEVEs?

31 posted on 08/18/2003 2:59:43 PM PDT by Saundra Duffy ( For victory & freedom!!!)
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To: frithguild
http://www.airgas.com/about.asp?9005002010000

Airgas Mid South (Tulsa, OK)

Airgas Mid South serves customers from 54 locations in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, North Texas, Missouri, Northern Louisiana, Western Tennessee, and Northwest Mississippi and employs 740 associates.

AIrgas Mid South Products and Service Offerings
Airgas Mid South is the regions largest and most versatile manufacturer and customer direct supplier of industrial, medical and specialty gases and all related equipment and servies. Airgas Mid South is uniquely qualified to offer you the best total solution for your product and service needs - and the best total value.

The Airgas broad product portfolio consists of:

Specialty Gases

Bulk Gases

Medical Gases

Welding Shielding and Cutting Gases

Refrigerant Gases

Welding Equipment (all major brands)

Welding Consumables

Safety Products

Industrial Tools and Supplies

Equipment Rentals

Tube Trailer Hydrogen and Helium

eCommerce

EDI

VMI

. . . and more!
32 posted on 08/18/2003 2:59:54 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: B.O. Plenty
Related to blackout? Doesn't natural gas fuel a lot of our power plants now?
33 posted on 08/18/2003 2:59:58 PM PDT by aristeides
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To: FourPeas
From a search on Google of AirGas. BTW, it's traded on NYSE.

Airgas is the United States' largest distributor of industrial, medical, and specialty gases and related equipment, safety supplies and MRO products and services to industrial and commercial markets. Airgas carries a comprehensive range of products from industrial and specialty gases to welding equipment, safety products and industrial tools, even refrigerant gases and maintenance supplies. Products: High purity specialty gases, gas calibration standards, EPA Protocol standards, high purity regulators, gas handling equipment, chromatography standards, GC carrier gases, LASER mixtures, CEM calibration standards, gas panels, gas manifolds, laboratory safety supplies, research grade gases, SFC / SFE grade CO2, electronic specialty gases, high purity hydrocarbons."

34 posted on 08/18/2003 3:00:24 PM PDT by Slip18
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To: PhiKapMom
The AirGas Supply in my area is a chain that provides oxygen, acetelyne (sp), and other tools for welding, machine, and maintenance shops. Very explosive stuff that require hazardous material endorsements for deliveries.
35 posted on 08/18/2003 3:00:24 PM PDT by Quilla
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To: RightWhale
Looks like they might...even the gases that are not flammable, but are in cylinders on the dock awaiting shipment at around 2500 psi will go up.

We use all kinds of their stuff for our labs, from ultra high purity helium, to nitrogen, methane, hydrogen, oxygen, LN2, nitrous oxide, acetylene.

36 posted on 08/18/2003 3:00:37 PM PDT by Treebeard
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To: Shermy
Dirty bomb? Many medical Gases are radioactive.
37 posted on 08/18/2003 3:02:12 PM PDT by frithguild (Better living through technology)
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To: Saundra Duffy
Boiling Liquid/Expanding Vapor Explosion. Try a google search for Kingman BLEVE, see if anything turns up. They can ruin your day.
38 posted on 08/18/2003 3:02:12 PM PDT by Treebeard
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To: All
Well if it IS terrorism, the evidence will be obliterated....
39 posted on 08/18/2003 3:02:26 PM PDT by Lazamataz (PROUDLY POSTING WITHOUT READING THE ARTICLE SINCE 1999!)
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To: aristeides
Not natural gas, industrial or welding gases. Stuff like acetylene, oxygen, etc. The kind of stuff that will make this a very ugly situation indeed.

}:-)4
40 posted on 08/18/2003 3:02:53 PM PDT by Moose4 (I'm the moose, bring on the cheese baby!)
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To: PhiKapMom
Cable news stations are ignoring this story. If there was a car chase near the explosions, FOX News would be there in a heartbeat.
41 posted on 08/18/2003 3:04:14 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult ("Read Hillary's hips. I never had sex with that woman.")
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To: Moose4
Add to the fun all the refrigerant gases hitting open flame and making phosgene.
42 posted on 08/18/2003 3:04:18 PM PDT by Treebeard
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To: Slip18
That sounds like some really nasty stuff explosion-wise.
43 posted on 08/18/2003 3:05:05 PM PDT by FourPeas
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
That's o.k.....we at FR are fully informed...Drudge don't even have it yet......
44 posted on 08/18/2003 3:08:03 PM PDT by B.O. Plenty
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To: B.O. Plenty


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KJRH Downtown Cam

 


KJRH RoadWatch Cam

45 posted on 08/18/2003 3:08:48 PM PDT by wolficatZ (___><))))*>_____\0/________)
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To: FourPeas
They are saying the smoke is thicker now than before. I have it on ABC affiliate out of OKC now and they are getting it from Tulsa affiliate. Many large explosions. It sounds like artilliary in the military. They are showing cars now on fire! And reporting several houses are now on fire!
46 posted on 08/18/2003 3:08:54 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (VOTE FOR BUSH-CHENEY '04 - www.Georgewbush.com)
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To: okchemyst
What phosgene is

Phosgene is a major industrial chemical used to make plastics and pesticides.
At room temperature (70°F), phosgene is a poisonous gas.
With cooling and pressure, phosgene gas can be converted into a liquid so that it can be shipped and stored. When liquid phosgene is released, it quickly turns into a gas that stays close to the ground and spreads rapidly.
Phosgene gas may appear colorless or as a white to pale yellow cloud. At low concentrations, it has a pleasant odor of newly mown hay or green corn, but its odor may not be noticed by all people exposed. At high concentrations, the odor may be strong and unpleasant.
Phosgene itself is nonflammable (not easily ignited and burned), but it can cause flammable substances around it to burn.
Phosgene is also known by its military designation, “CG.”
Where phosgene is found and how it is used

Phosgene was used extensively during World War I as a choking (pulmonary) agent. Among the chemicals used in the war, phosgene was responsible for the large majority of deaths.
Phosgene is not found naturally in the environment.
Phosgene is used in industry to produce many other chemicals such as pesticides.
Phosgene can be formed when certain compounds are exposed to heat, such as some types of plastics.
Phosgene gas is heavier than air, so it would be more likely found in low-lying areas.
How people are exposed to phosgene

People’s risk for exposure depends on how close they are to the place where the phosgene was released.
If phosgene gas is released into the air, people may be exposed through skin contact or eye contact. They may also be exposed by breathing air that contains phosgene.
If phosgene liquid is released into water, people may be exposed by touching or drinking water that contains phosgene.
If phosgene liquid comes into contact with food, people may be exposed by eating the contaminated food.
How phosgene works

Poisoning caused by phosgene depends on the amount of phosgene to which a person is exposed, the route of exposure, and the length of time that a person is exposed.
Phosgene gas and liquid are irritants that can damage the skin, eyes, nose, throat, and lungs.
Immediate signs and symptoms of phosgene exposure

During or immediately after exposure to dangerous concentrations of phosgene, the following signs and symptoms may develop:
Coughing
Burning sensation in the throat and eyes
Watery eyes
Blurred vision
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Nausea and vomiting
Skin contact can result in lesions similar to those from frostbite or burns
Following exposure to high concentrations of phosgene, a person may develop fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema) within 2 to 6 hours.
Exposure to phosgene may cause delayed effects that may not be apparent for up to 48 hours after exposure, even if the person feels better or appears well following removal from exposure. Therefore, people who have been exposed to phosgene should be monitored for 48 hours afterward. Delayed effects that can appear for up to 48 hours include the following:
Difficulty breathing
Coughing up white to pink-tinged fluid (a sign of pulmonary edema)
Low blood pressure
Heart failure
Showing these signs or symptoms does not necessarily mean that a person has been exposed to phosgene.
What the long-term health effects are

Most people who recover after an exposure to phosgene make a complete recovery. However, chronic bronchitis and emphysema have been reported as a result of phosgene exposure.
How people can protect themselves and what they should do if they are exposed to phosgene

Leave the area where the phosgene was released and get to fresh air. Quickly moving to an area where fresh air is available is highly effective in reducing the possibility of death from exposure to phosgene.
If the phosgene release was outdoors, move away from the area where the phosgene was released. Go to the highest ground possible, because phosgene is heavier than air and will sink to low-lying areas.
If the phosgene release was indoors, get out of the building.
If you think you may have been exposed, remove your clothing, rapidly wash your entire body with soap and water, and get medical care as quickly as possible.
Removing and disposing of clothing:
Quickly take off clothing that has liquid phosgene on it. Any clothing that has to be pulled over the head should be cut off the body instead of pulled over the head. If possible, seal the clothing in a plastic bag. Then seal the first plastic bag in a second plastic bag. Removing and sealing the clothing in this way will help protect you and other people from any chemicals that might be on your clothes.
If you placed your clothes in plastic bags, inform either the local or state health department or emergency personnel upon their arrival. Do not handle the plastic bags.
If you are helping other people remove their clothing, try to avoid touching any contaminated areas, and remove the clothing as quickly as possible.
Washing the body:
As quickly as possible, wash your entire body with large amounts of soap and water. Washing with soap and water will help protect people from any chemicals on their bodies.
If your eyes are burning or your vision is blurred, rinse your eyes with plain water for 10 to 15 minutes. If you wear contacts, remove them and place them in the bags with the contaminated clothing. Do not put the contacts back in your eyes. If you wear eyeglasses, wash them with soap and water. You can put the eyeglasses back on after you wash them.
If you have ingested (swallowed) phosgene, do not induce vomiting or drink fluids.
Seek medical attention right away. Dial 911 and explain what has happened.
How phosgene exposure is treated

Treatment for phosgene exposure consists of removing phosgene from the body as soon as possible and providing supportive medical care in a hospital setting. No antidote exists for phosgene. Exposed people should be observed for up to 48 hours, because it may take that long for symptoms to develop or reoccur.

How people can get more information about phosgene

People can contact one of the following:

Regional poison control center (1-800-222-1222)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Public Response Hotline (CDC)
English (888) 246-2675
Español (888) 246-2857
TTY (866) 874-2646
Emergency Preparedness and Response Web site (http://www.bt.cdc.gov/)
E-mail inquiries: cdcresponse@ashastd.org
Mail inquiries:
Public Inquiry c/o BPRP
Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Planning
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Mailstop C-18
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30333
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) (1-888-422-8737)
E-mail inquiries: atsdric@cdc.gov
Mail inquiries:
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Division of Toxicology
1600 Clifton Road NE, Mailstop E-29
Atlanta, GA 30333
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards (http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npg/npgd0504.html)

This fact sheet is based on CDC’s best current information. It may be updated as new information becomes available.

Last reviewed on 03/17/03.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protects people’s health and safety by preventing and controlling diseases and injuries; enhances health decisions by providing credible information on critical health issues; and promotes healthy living through strong partnerships with local, national, and international organizations.
47 posted on 08/18/2003 3:09:58 PM PDT by frithguild (Better living through technology)
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To: wolficatZ
Thanks for the pics.
48 posted on 08/18/2003 3:10:27 PM PDT by meanie monster (hooked on phonics werked for me.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
I just went to the cable news and noticed they had not covered it. Guess because it happened in flyover country it is not news! You are right -- we need a car chase with it. I have seen breaking news on Fox when a house catches fire in LA as well!

49 posted on 08/18/2003 3:10:30 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (VOTE FOR BUSH-CHENEY '04 - www.Georgewbush.com)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
Cable news stations are ignoring this story

Unless it happens in New York, it's not news.

50 posted on 08/18/2003 3:11:32 PM PDT by Grando Calrissian
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