Lantych even wrote a song about what he saw when he looked out of his kitchen window after the blast — a “wall of flame.” The lyrics include the phrase, “A wall of flame that reached to eternity.” It’s a song he said is too painful to play. A vintage bass guitar he owns still has marks from where flying glass struck it.
“In some ways it’s like a million years ago, but in some ways, it’s like yesterday,” said Lettich of the blast.
Added Lantych, “That night was surreal, but in retrospect, now looking back on it ... I see it as everyday life. It just happened to happen.”
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