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Message from Mayor Larsen regarding House Explosion

So, who else is tired of the explosions in town this week?
It’s frustrating for all of us, even more so for our friends and neighbors in Big Springs. As I’m sure everyone is aware, a small explosion happened at a house Friday evening and ever since, experts from a number of agencies have been investigating the house and detonating some of what they’ve found.
The worst part of it is the uncertainty. Our first responders were exemplary in sharing information during the first hours after the explosion. As they learned more of what was in the house, other agencies got involved, from the County upwards. Once that happened, information became harder and harder to get as the active investigation progressed.
And I know that’s not what any of us wants in these cases. We want to know what is going on in the house. What are they finding that caused the explosion? Is there more still in the house? What are they destroying in the subsequent detonations that shake our homes? And, most importantly, is there any danger to anyone in town?
I wish I could answer all those questions for you, but some can’t be answered at this time. What we do know is that we have our police and fire departments working with county, state, and federal agencies to ensure that anything that is too dangerous to remove, whether because of what it is or because it is some unlabeled and unknown container, is safely contained and eliminated on site. Yes, that means another day of occasional detonations. We’re fortunate that the original explosion was as limited as it was.
We do know that the house now is no threat to the neighborhood. And in time, we’ll know more details of what happened and why. It’s incredibly frustrating to live with this uncertainty and what, if anything, we can do to prevent dangers like this in the future. I know it will be a topic of discussion at the Board of Trustees and hope anyone with creative ideas will help us and share those ideas.