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Brett Shipp Makes Hay With Athens Fertilizer Fire

News happened.


Anyone else see Channel 8’s coverage of the fire in Athens yesterday? Here’s the impressive team effort that aired on the 10 o’clock newscast. I mean that. But Brett Shipp’s contribution — and I’m summarizing here — went like this: “I told you so. I told you so. I told you so. I so told you so.” Don’t blame him. A year ago, he was reporting on that storage facility in a populated area, telling people that if it caught fire, all that ammonium nitrate could cause another West-level explosion.

Which is why Shipp was in full outrage mode earlier in the day, when the fire was still burning, people had been evacuated, and an explosion looked to be in the offing. Is it just me? Did you see this? Because it seemed to me that Shipp was hoping the thing would blow up. And when it became clear that the fire would fizzle without a catastrophe, he seemed disappointed. A friend of mine said it was like watching Geraldo open Al Capone’s vault.