NASA has released a video with footage of the astronauts before take off, the explosion and aftermath -- today marks the 27th anniversary of this numbing event.
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Monday, February 14, 2011
Fire Chief fears effects of freeze, thaw on aging infrastructure.
Crews have identified the section of aging cast iron gas pipe that may have caused last Wednesday’s deadly explosion, but Allentown’s fire chief still isn’t sleeping easy. “This time of year, I’m concerned all the time as the ground constantly freezes and thaws,” Chief Robert Scheirer said Monday. “A water main break could lead to a gas main break. I’m always worried about it.” Scheirer said UGI crews responded “very quickly” to reports of two small gas leaks in the 600 block of North 11th Street on Sunday evening. Some residents were evacuated for about 10 minutes, he said. Scheirer gave reporters an update on the investigation after Governor Tom Corbett toured the disaster scene at 13th and Allen Streets Monday afternoon. The gas pipe …
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Bill and Dotty Yanett are seeking refuge at a South Whitehall hotel.
Bill and Dotty Yanett were watching Blue Bloods on television Wednesday night, when the serenity of their evening was shattered by an explosion seven doors down on 13th Street in Allentown. Windows blew out, dressers went crashing, pictures flew off the walls. "It was surreal....like you were at war," said Dotty Yanett, as she sought refuge Thursday morning at Comfort Suites in South Whitehall. Five people, including a four-month-old, were killed in the natural gas explosion. Bill Yanett, retired from his job as a bodyguard for Mack Trucks presidents, rushed to his back door to head outside. Had his roof collapsed from the weight of the snow? But the back door was jammed; he couldn't get out of his house. He ran to the front of the …