Caption reads: "Smoke and haze drifts north from City Water, Light and Power after an explosion Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007. Max Bittle/The State Journal-Register."
Nice picture. Pure luck:
There were 11 workers at the plant at the time of the explosion. [Mayor Tim] Davlin said one man was 15 feet away and several others were seconds away from being seriously injured or killed.But nobody was.
“This is a magnitude that probably none of us are going to realize the real expense for quite some time. It’s unbelievable. On any other given day, had it been 7 in the morning or 3 in the afternoon, there probably could have been 20 people that would have been either injured or killed right where this happened,” he said.
Update: Mayor says wrong thing:
“Tough.” That was Springfield Mayor Tim Davlin’s response Sunday when pressed about why it took officials two hours Saturday to release information to the public about the power plant explosions and possible dangers to the community.I like the "tough," but you should probably get in front of talk-radio rumors that clouds of toxic gas are drifting over your city.