Douglas Allan MacLean wrote this poem soon after the June 10, 1999 pipeline explosion in Bellingham.
Ten-year-old boys saved the city today
Set out together to the creek side to play
Never miss a local story.
Boys being boys made the spark rumors say
That set a fireball explosion over Bellingham Bay
Two hundred and thirty thousand gallons they say
Gasoline! headed straight for the bay
The city downstream would be sure to fall prey
If not for innocent boys' actions today
Timing is everything - our destiny some say
Two boys unsuspecting sacrificed in God's way
Together in Heaven forever rewarded they play
Bellingham's heroes - Be remembered this way