'Blues Walk' unites community following North Bend blast
NORTH BEND, Wash. - An annual event in North Bend held more meaning than ever before on Saturday.
Music brought residents together in downtown North Bend, just one day after a natural gas explosion and fire destroyed three buildings and injured two people.
The explosion happened around 3:40 a.m. Friday, and was heard and felt several miles away. When firefighters arrived, heavy smoke and flames were billowing from the buildings, and debris was scattered across the street.
Many supporters were concerned that Blues Walk, a one-day music festival, would be canceled after the explosion.
"You're always concerned about your community members first, and then it's like 'Can we still pull this off?', and we're able to do it, so this is truly an amazing community to live in," Blues Walk chairwoman Audrey Paisley said.
City officials gave the okay, and the community pulled together to keep the music playing.
As part of Blues Walk, volunteers collected cash donations for the businesses and families affected by the explosion.