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Published on Nov 3, 2009
Subsequently, MOVE relocated to a row house at 6221 Osage Avenue in 1985. On May 13, 1985, responding to months of complaints by neighbors that MOVE members broadcast political messages by bullhorn at all hours and also about the health hazards posed by of the piles of compost. The police department attempted to clear the building. After a standoff, police lobbed tear gas canisters at the building and the fire department battered the roof of the house with two water cannons. A burst of gunfire came from the house, touching off a return volley of thousands of rounds from police lasting 90 minutes. The police tried to remove two wood-and-steel rooftop structures, called bunkers by the police, by dropping a four-pound bomb made of C-4 plastic explosive and Tovex, a dynamite substitute, onto the roof. The resulting explosion caused the house to catch fire, igniting a massive blaze which eventually consumed almost an entire city block. Eleven people, including John Africa, five other adults and five children, died in the resulting fire. The resulting fire was then allowed to burn. Ramona Africa and one child, Birdie Africa, were the only survivors. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MOVE#198... SaldanaFilms (Documented by Jose Saldana and Michael Nesmith) for Gallaudet University documentary class in 2005.