Adam Salsman took a series of photos at today's Tea Party fire, such as the one above.
Being reported right now at b0st0n LiveJournal, well before any news media.
Some video of the flames.
A good photo. Still more photos.
Photo by Fabulously Out There.
And once again blogs and the internet trump local news. I wonder why the Editors in charge don't hire local bloggers, part time, and put them online for their respective papers. Many could have had postings and photos long before the news did.
I also can tell you what caused it. Constructions has been ongoing on the bridge where the museum is located for a long time now, and for months I've watched during my lunch hours. I was always wondering what they were doing over there, and much of the time it looked pretty shoddy to me. My guess is a construction worker threw a butt somewhere where he shouldn't had, or some sparks from a welding torch drifted.
So, would that make the construction co liable for the fire?
According to the b0st0n LiveJournal link that Ron posted, Boston.com and bostonherald.com had fire photos on their homepage by 1:00PM. The fire itself started around 12:15. Is at most 45 minutes between someone saying "anyone know anything about the black smoke" in a blog to a story and photos on the homepage a huge scoop?
I'm not saying that you aren't correct for many cases (Mooninites ads are an obvious example of them being too late, and the Killian memo can show an example of how the news is just following the investigation of the blogosphere) but I think its more effective if you save the criticism for the cases where it is warranted.
Didn't this happen before? I think I heard about this happening a few years ago, too.
2001. The place had been closed ever since.
Supposed to re-open next fall.
I have some crap photos I took from my office window on my blog. Feel free to link it to universalhub www.fabulouslyoutthere.blogspot.com
Is the Boston Tea Party Museum not paying it's protection money? How can the same historic site catch fire twice in a decade?
the first time was lightning, and this time looks like a construction accident.
I wonder if the Fire Dept. had a "fire watch" detail posted at the site? As I understand it, the whole point of the fire watch is to ensure that the welding sparks don't ignite something, and if they do ignite something, to put out the fire. But the posting of the fire watch is at the district commander's discretion.