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CLOSE TO HOME: Col. City native feels Indy’s blast

November 12, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS — “It’s not something you expect to hear when you come from small-town Columbia City where it’s so quiet.”

Anna Prickett, 23, a Columbia City High School graduate was less than two miles away from the explosion in Indianapolis that killed two people and rendered entire blocks uninhabitable.

“The blast was so loud,” Prickett said. “And the power sent a rush of air through our apartment windows, strong enough to blow the blinds up and rattle items in the kichen.

“My first thought was thunder, but the blast of air didn’t make sense.”
Investigators are still searching for the cause of the blast which was located in southern Indianapolis.

According to the Associated Press, only splintered wood and charred earth remained from the two homes, and as many as 31 were damaged — approximately $3.6 million in damage, according to Deputy Code Enforcement Director Adam Collins.

Prickett moved to Indianapolis with her fiance Josh Curry, 23, also a CCHS graduate.

“I moved to Indy in March to be with Josh while he finishes school,” Prickett said.

The couple lives in an apartment complex 1-2 miles northeast of the explosion.

“The blast was very scary, especially since I was home alone,” Prickett said. “I’ve always thought the police/fire truck sirens were eerie-sounding here in Indy. Saturday was worse since I could hear them for hours.”

Prickett said the couple’s apartment complex is located next door to a church that is housing all the donations for affected families.

According to the AP, tables in the church dining room were piled high with blankets, food, diapers, water and other supplies.

Many houses in the area were evacuated and left without power, but Prickett said their apartment didn’t receive any damage.

Investigators are still searching for the cause of the blast.

“We just don’t know,” said police spokesman Kendale Adams. “We’re working to get to the bottom of it.”

Officials say the tell-tale sign, a rotten-egg odor, wasn’t present.

Though U.S. Rep. Andrew Carson, who represents the area, said a bomb or meth lab have been ruled out, Deputy Fire Chief Kenny Bacon said investigators hadn’t ruled out any possible causes.

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