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Nine years later: Remembering the downtown Bozeman explosion

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BOZEMAN - Monday marked the ninth anniversary of an explosion on Main Street in Bozeman that left one person dead and others injured. The explosion leveled five historical buildings and damaged several others on the 200 block of East Main Street in downtown Bozeman.

Investigators said the cause of the fire was a natural gas leak in the Montana Trails Gallery that ignited in flames on March 5, 2009.

Since then, city planners have been working on rebuilding some of the buildings on the explosion site. Crews have rebuilt the Rocking R bar that replaced one of the structures, while another building at 223 E. Main St. is now under construction. City planners say an additional building is also in the future.

“We would hope that the last building would be moving forward within the next year, we know there are some folks interested in that. We don’t have a permit approved yet for the empty spot there. We hope that will be completed fairly soon,” said Community Development Manager Chris Saunders.

Planners hope to have the last building finished in 2020.

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