There was an explosion at the Victory Auto Parts in Fitchburg here is a quick summary and a gallery of photos
At approx 5;20 PM an explosion took place at Victory Auto Parts in Fitchburg. Two gentlemen were inside the building at the counter of the business that was open at the time amazingly suffered no serious injuries. The blast broke open the building causing bricks to crumble off of it. Within minutes the fire department was on the scene, the two men were questioned inside an ambulance on the scene but the only visible injury was a small cut to the forehead of one of the men.
The blast broke windows blocks away including at a gas station down the road. Witnesses at the local donut shop, tattoo parlor, Gas station and Pizzeria all said their buildings. People as far as winter street said they felt a building shake and one gentlemen in his garage two streets over thought someone had crashed into his place as did a business owner two full blocks away.
Aldrich Auto Body across the street took damage as did the prime gas station a block & a half away. The clerk at a local Sunoco gas station said cigarettes fell off his wall and glass panes cracked in houses up and down the street.
There are conflicting reports on if there was gas in the building but nobody saw any fire. Mayor Lisa Wong was on the scene being briefed and both local and state police joined fire and Unitil workers examining the area.
The lack of injuries was rather remarkable.
Mike’s Pizza report
My initial arrival
Interview with a person from Winter Street
Firemen at the scene
The Patrons of the Donut shop nearby
Update 2: More videos
Attendant from Prime gas
Fitchburg Tattoo parlor
I’d hate to have the needle on me when that explosion took place bzzzzzz OOPS
Yesterday Robert Spencer 60 people came to see Robert Spencer speak at the VFW in Natick Massachusetts
People came to see him
Even from as far away as NJ to Support Robert after he was dropped from the Worcester Catholic Men’s Conference
This Event was sponsored by the local act Chapter:
And Mr. Spencer’s remarks ran about 45 minutes
where he talked about Islam and free speech
He spent a fair amount of time signing books and also stood for an interview with me on the evening and the situation with the Diocese of Worcester:
But the majority of his time was spent in the Q & A for the 70 or so attendees for the speech
on Sunni vs Shia Islam:
Whitewashing Islam in education
and much more (below the fold)
Robert will be my Guest on DaTechGuy on DaRadio March 9th to speak further about this situation.
I’m in the middle so to speak. I know the Bishop and his spokesperson and am also a friend of Robert’s. If the goal is to avoid controversy, that has failed spectacularly. The question now become, what is the thing that is just and right? Or put another way, this is much like the New Evangelism. We are going to get considerable pushback when we go to boldly proclaim the truth of the message of the Church of Christ. Will we have the courage to speak when objections are made by those who wish to silence us?
I urge you to pray for all concerned that God may grant the gift of discernment.