If you’re not in the Boston area, you will probably see this on the national news. A massive explosion in the city of Danvers, Mass., at 3 am destroyed a chemical plant and a whole bunch of homes. It was so large that it could be heard as far away as 40 or 50 miles. Yet, Melanie and I live in the next town over in Salem and we didn’t even wake up, probably because we keep a fan on high in the room for the sake of the baby (white noise). Still, you’d think… I can’t explain it. In fact, I only found out about it when my brother called me this morning about it.
Debris flew as far as a quarter mile away and dozens of homes were destroyed, but miraculously no one was killed and only 10 people had minor injuries. An eyewitness report from a guy driving near the scene at the time said he was stopped at a red light about 1/4 to 1/8 mile away in his SUV when it occurred and it pushed his truck sideways into the next lane.
I’m very familiar with the area because it is the route I used to take into Salem when I lived in Danvers for a year. I drove it practically every day going to see Melanie.
I think that part of the miracle is that there is a convent of very holy cloistered Carmelite nuns in the same neighborhood. Perhaps it was their prayers for the people that saved so many. Unbelievable.