His mother said he cried in bed that night

“I was looking through for more cans when I knocked something over. I turned around. There was a can of gasoline. It started to pour out down the ramp. I picked it up. It leaked under the door. I heard some noises, and then a flame shot out from under the door. I went to get [the father of a friend who lived next door]. He came, he tried to open the door, but he couldn’t. He called the Fire Department. We stood across the street and watched the firemen work. Then we heard a loud explosion.”

Posted June 20, 2001

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