March 14, 2008
Flames engulf the remains of the house at 308 McNab Drive on Friday morning.
Shortly after the explosion at 308 McNab Drive, the flames could be seen across neighboring yards.
Merna Sneed, left, shown in a 2005 Missourian file photo from the Friends of the Columbia Public Library sale volunteered at the Columbia Public Library for more than 30 years. At right is Gay Hawley.
Rescue efforts after an explosion on McNab Drive were hampered by the narrowness of the street.
Rescue workers take Merna Sneed, 84, to an ambulance that took her to University Hospital. Sneed was found in a pile of debris in her backyard; she had been blown out of her house at 308 McNab Drive by an explosion. As of 1:08 p.m. Friday, she was in critical condition with severe burns over a large portion of her body.
Celtic musician Tom Schultz plays a bodhrán, a traditional Irish drum, during an informal performance at Kayotea in downtown Columbia. Schultz had the bodhrán custom made by a German drummaker he met a drum festival in Ireland.
A firefighter calls for assistance on the scene of the house explosion in the East Campus neighborhood.
The firefighter moves quickly among the debris toward the wreckage of the house.
The firefighter works to rescue Merna Sneed from among the debris and flames.
Firefighters carry Merna Sneed to receive medical attention after she had been trapped under debris by the explosion of the home she shared with her husband.
Participants wait for Chi Epsilon member Kelly Schaefer to call the start of the first round of third annual MU Engineering Week Stretch Eating Contest on Thursday at the Broadway Diner in downtown Columbia. James Bryce, second from left, was eventually crowned the winner after eating five stretches, which consist of eggs, hashbrowns, chili and cheddar cheese, in twelve minutes.
James Bryce struggles to finish his fourth stretch during first round of third annual MU Engineering Week Stretch Eating Contest. The event, which was organized by MU engineering fraternity Chi Epsilon, featured 25 MU students eating as many stretches as possible in 12 minutes. Bryce eventually was crowned the winner after finishing five stretches.
Stretches wait to be eaten.
Clockwise from left: Andrea Seabaugh, Amaya Williams, M.E. Kanago, Katherine Harry, Kelsey Eckenrode, Lauren Kelly and Claire Schaeperkoetter pose for photos with their trophy at the pep rally.
M.E. Kanago cuts down the net in the Rock Bridge High School gym during a pep rally celebrating the Bruins' basketball state championship on Friday afternoon.
The Rock Bridge girls' basketball team is surrounded by cheering fans and hurtling streamers as the school celebrates their basketball state championship at a pep rally on Friday.
Missouri pitcher Stacy Delaney winds up during the opening innings of the Tigers' game against the Wisconsin Badgers on Friday afternoon at University Field.
The Missouri softball team congratulates Amanda Renth after she hit a two-run home run in the first inning of the Tigers' game against the Wisconsin Badgers on Friday afternoon at University Field.
Missouri infielder Abby Vock prepares to slide into second base during the Tigers' game against the Wisconsin Badgers on Friday afternoon at University Field.