Our English correspondent Seneca III has applied his analytical abilities to photographs of the building at 514 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis, before it exploded, burned, and was demolished.
This is the first of three parts.
Caveat: In view of the circumlocutions, contortions, contradictions and sock-puppetry that have taken place in and around the scene of the explosion and subsequent fire in Minneapolis since the arrival of the DHS, and which has now been followed by what would appear to be an almost total destruction of any remaining physical evidence at a site that was already going to be difficult to forensically analyse, I am of a mind that it may be time for you/we the people to at least have a clinical look at the circumstantial evidence and draw a few, hopefully informed conclusions of our own.
Hence I submit the following contribution to this cauldron of chaos from here over the pond in the hope that it will be of some help to you ‘cousins’, perhaps as a spur, perhaps as an awakening, particularly because you must be in possession of local knowledge and have an understanding of local practices and procedures that I do not. Good hunting! — Seneca III
I. The Building And Its Environs — an Overview
by Seneca III
[Attr: The following illustrations have been extracted from a Google Street View sweep dated June 2011 and have been notated, sharpened and exposure-, noise- and shadow-enhanced using ‘Paint.NET’. No additions, removals or digital alterations of any type were effected. — S III.]
Frame 1: Front view of the building with, ringed from left to right, a standard entrance light, a CCTV camera, a removed/disabled(?) entry system(?), CCTV camera/light, general window illumination, a CCTV camera, an un-numbered door with a peculiar logo on it, a street light, another CCTV camera and, finally, below it, a door to No. 10, the Mosque, above which is a sign advertising rooms for rent.
Some of the above items of interest are enlarged in frames 2-4 below.
Frame 4: The unknown logo. The black dot below the logo may simply be a mark or something else but the definition precludes any firm identification. [Does anybody out there have any ID on the logo?]
Frame 5: Side aspect showing a footpath(?) light and either a wall mounted CCTV camera or CCTV camera+light…
Frame 6: …which again is difficult to determine but the installation of which has obviously required penetration of a main structural wall from the inside and yet despite this effort and expense there does not appear to be an entrance on that aspect of the building. (More on this in Parts II & III).
Frame 7: For purposes of comparison, No 607 just down the road — a money transfer express yet — has a but a standard double illuminator over its door and a single CCTV camera as does…
Frame 8: …another money transfer express at No 612 which also appears quite happy to rely on the street light alone, and, though not reproduced here, other, slightly more salubrious establishments in the vicinity have similar, reasonable, commercially sensible set-ups.
Finally, for the record, the following photograph of the aftermath of the fire was taken by local media no later than last Thursday; note that one camera is still visible and that some decoration has taken place in the ground floor window space and the un-numbered entrance alcove since the Street View sweep.
Supposition and question No. 1: There appears to be an awful lot of security and surveillance here for what is essentially nothing more than a corner grocery store and some apartments; would this be the norm in the US, even for this sort of area, and, if not, what might that suggest?
|II.||Explosions — Types and Shockwaves|
|III.||Summary – Something Fishy This Way Comes
Previous posts about the explosion and fire in Cedar-Riverside, Minneapolis, on New Year’s Day 2014:
|2014||Jan||1||A Fiery Dawn in Minneapolis|
|2||Enter DHS — It Was a Gas Leak|
|2||The Gas Company Says: “No Way!”|
|3||Body #2 Found at Cedar Avenue|
|3||A Funny Smell in Minneapolis|
|4||Applying Occam’s Razor|
|5||What the Police and the Gas Company Really Said
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