Interesting handle given the topic. I didn’t notice it last time.
I was wrong, and pretty happy about being wrong (although I’ll concede from my previous posts it might have appeared I was cheering for more deaths, which I wasn’t). I waited a month or so to see what they’d find. It appears it will be right around 200. I saw the buildings around there and assumed there were many more people in the area than there were. I also checked with a few people who said blast related injuries are tricky. They MAY not do the damage you’ve seen with other blasts (see my previous comment on the West explosion). Its weird — it is sort of a case by case and being in one spot can be different than another. The blast can be “diffused” so to speak. Needless to say, I don’t want to find out first hand, but this was a good lesson to learn: don’t automatically run to a fire and start video taping, especially if you don’t know what’s on fire or what materials are near what’s on fire.
Anyway, I’m man enough to admit when I’m wrong, especially when its relatively good news like fewer deaths than expected or predicted (by me). Sad that stupidity led to 200 or so deaths and much more destruction to a city that can barely absorb it. I wish I could say that they’d learn from it but I don’t have any confidence that they will.