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Pipeline memories: Boys were unsuspecting heroes

Douglas Allan MacLean wrote this poem soon after the June 10, 1999 pipeline explosion in Bellingham.

"Bellingham's Heroes"

Ten-year-old boys saved the city today

Set out together to the creek side to play

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

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