Long-time readers will remember the Cedar Avenue explosion and fire that took place in Minneapolis on New Year’s Day of 2014.
The incident occurred in a mostly Somali neighborhood known as “Little Mogadishu”, which is centered around Cedar Avenue near the University of Minnesota Law School. Early that morning a massive explosion blew out the windows on the second floor at 514 S. Cedar Avenue, above the Otanga Grocery. An intense fire that followed the explosion eventually consumed the interior of the three-story structure.
The building had been inhabited by Somali Muslims, the businesses there had been patronized by Somali Muslims, and it was next door to a mosque. After having seen photos and videos of numerous gas explosions, it was obvious to me that this was no gas explosion. For the first 24 hours the Minneapolis fire chief said the cause of the explosion was unknown. However, the next morning, as soon as the FBI arrived at the scene, the story changed: the explosion was caused by a natural gas leak. Despite the fact that there had been no investigation of the site, despite the insistence by the gas company that there had been no leaks whatsoever in the area, a “gas leak” was the fire chief’s story, and he stuck to it doggedly. And as soon as the fire was fully extinguished and the last body had been removed from the scene, the city ordered the remains of the building to be demolished, before any forensic investigation of the site could be undertaken.
The whole thing smelled fishy back then, and it still smells fishy. We still don’t have any official report on what really happened. However, thanks to the patient efforts of Judicial Watch, we know a lot more than we did in January 2014.
Bill Marshall is a senior investigator at Judicial Watch. For several years after the Cedar Avenue fire he investigated the incident, relentlessly using the Freedom of Information Act to obtain official records that the federal government was loath to release.
The video below is an excerpt from a longer report that came out last year. In it you’ll hear Mr. Marshall discuss the results of his investigations. I’m pleased to report that everything he learned accords with what we reported here more than four years ago. In particular, the fact that one of the victims was cut in half — which was only a leaked rumor in early 2014 — was confirmed by forensic photographs obtained by Judicial Watch. That sort of fatal injury is atypical in a natural gas explosion, but might be expected if an especially volatile chemical — for example TATP, a.k.a. “Mother of Satan” — were being used to construct a bomb on a tabletop and accidentally detonated.
Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for editing and uploading this video:
For more information on the explosion and fire in Cedar-Riverside, Minneapolis, on New Year’s Day 2014, see the Cedar-Riverside Explosion Archives. The investigative reports compiled by Seneca III were especially helpful in debunking the official line.
Also: See the full Judicial Watch video for reports on other investigations. The beginning of the video, which discusses Huma Abedin and the Clinton Foundation, is very interesting.