Rebuilding After the Blast: A look back at downtown Bozeman’s worst disaster

marks the 10th anniversary of one of the worst disasters to strike downtown Bozeman a gas explosion rocked the 200th block claiming a life flattening three buildings and rendering for others unsafe mtns John Scheer reports on the calamity that came with no warning by 8:15 on Thursday morning March 5th 2009 downtown Bozeman looked like this but no one had any idea a catastrophe like this was looming I was getting ready to go to work that morning was just an ordinary morning for us Steve white was chairman of the Gallatin County Commission where they were ready to start a office meeting lots of meetings were about to get underway we had a crew that was working out of our Three Forks shop and I was out there for a safety meeting that morning and driving into work actually with the city manager kids like Chris Nelms young son we're heading to school got him out the door and he was off walking dirt Irving it was a day kids could love it was a very snowy day that day it affected everyone and we were out shoveling snow everybody had a slow start that day a slow start but in time we proved to be like Satan in Milan justice center we felt the blast as as many people did around Bozeman even after the blast most people were struggling to comprehend what was happening as hours were coming over the hill by the hospital lot a big plume of smoke Lyn Albright was trying to get his bearing see it looks like it might be downtown just west of the blast Steve White had an incredibly unique vantage point I just happen to be looking straight out through the windows just at the time of the explosion white didn't know what he was seeing I thought maybe it was something with a propane tank at the a parking lot that they were building over at the fire station on 19th graver Johnson was also confused it didn't come over our radios or our pagers a fire captain downtown heard the blast and made a phone call and said hey we have some type of blast you want to start heading this way Johnson and his crew were here on Main Street heading to Bozeman's biggest disaster ever with little information and no idea what was ahead and then returning on Main Street and heading down about then raver begins to understand what's going on – smoke rising and everything and that's when we're trying to put it all together life had changed forever in downtown Bozeman I'm John Shore on Main Street for MTN news

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