This bit of news has been but a blip on the media’s radar:
PORTLAND — Occupy Maine protesters say Sunday morning’s attack with a chemical explosive has left them with a mixture of anxiety and resolve.
Stephanie Wilburn, 19, stands in the kitchen/communal area of the Occupy Maine camp. She was standing in the same area around 3:30 a.m. Sunday when a chemical bomb exploded underneath a table nearby. The bomb allegedly was thrown from a passing car. Wilburn said she lost hearing in one of her ears for about a day, but no other injuries were reported.
Occupy Maine reorganizes its tents this afternoon in response to a chemical bomb that exploded on the Congress Street side of Lincoln Park early Sunday morning.
“We are more motivated to keep doing what we’re doing,” said Stephanie Wilburn, of Portland, who was sitting near where the chemical mixture in a Gatorade bottle was tossed at 4 a.m. Sunday. “They have heard us and we’re making a difference.”
Wilburn said she was startled and briefly lost hearing in her left ear when the device exploded beneath a table about 10 feet away. Wilburn’s hearing returned and police said no injuries were reported.
Portland police Sgt. Glen McGary said the bomb was thrown into the camp’s kitchen, a tarped area where food is cooked and served. Protest organizers said the explosion lifted a large table about a foot off the ground.
“There was no fire . . . We had a good 20 feet of thick smoke rolling out from under the table,” Wilburn said. They could see the “G” on the 24-ounce bottle and its orange cap, as well as bits of silver metal, she said.
She and a friend who ran over to look at it breathed in fumes that smelled like ammonia, she said.
Witnesses said a silver car had been circling before the attack, its occupants shouting things like “Get a job” and “You communist.” They believe someone from that car threw the device, according to a statement from Occupy Maine.
I can see why the media is ignoring this story. It probably wasn’t as big a deal as the occupiers are claiming. Everyone knows that hippies are easily startled by loud noises. Continue reading