Archive for March 5th, 2009

Bozeman explosion

by Pete Talbot

(Final update: this post is still getting a lot of traffic.  4&20 has done some follow up but others are tracking this story better than we can.  At this point, I’d recommend the Chronicle.  If anybody else has leads, please nest them below the first comment  after this post.  Thanks, PT)

A relative in Bozeman called this morning to say that an explosion downtown had leveled a building and fire was threatening to spread to adjacent structures. On top of that, I hear there’s a serious snowstorm going on, hampering emergency crews’ efforts.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that there was no loss of life or serious injuries.

The explosion was apparently caused by a gas leak and the building destroyed, I’ve been told, housed the well-known restaurant called Boodles.

There are few details yet. Here’s the link to the Bozeman Chronicle, which I assume will have updates.

Bozeman was my second home for awhile and I had an apartment across the street and down a block from Boodles. On occasion, I’d have a martini or two at that fine establishment. My sympathy goes out to the owners and workers in that area downtown.

(UPDATE: Apparently, windows were blown out in at least a one block radius. The famous Rocking R Bar (which also housed a Pickle Barrel sandwich shop) is also threatened by fire. The NBC affiliate in Bozeman’s website is down at this point but a “thank you” to those commenting below and adding other links.)

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