Extraordinary Preliminary Report on the Wilmington Green Catastrophe
The office issued its preliminary report thirteen days after the incident. By this time all bodies have been disposed of and most of the structural damage has been repaired.
The incident took place between 9:34 am and 9:42 am. The grassy area was not initially crowded, as it had rained earlier in the day and the ground was still too wet to sit on. Normally the area was a popular place for students to congregate. Indeed, the local university had a drinking tradition in which the green area was both the designated beginning and ending at a tour of local public houses. It is fortunate, then, that the rain had come that morning, otherwise casualties would have been greater.
In a series of computer simulations this office has plotted the various traumas inflicted on the area, though it was only with the discovery of the camera belonging to Alvin Jacob Monroe (deceased) among the various articles of debris that our understanding of the event has become any clearer. The camera, still functioning, contained a series of four images taken at times between 9:34 am and 9:42 am. These images are the only direct testimony of the event.
In image number 1 (picture attached) we can clearly see the scene as it must have been that morning. This is the first picture in the sequence. As the viewer can see, the sky is bright and clear, showing no sign of the rain clouds from earlier in the day. The wet grass is worn thin by a makeshift footpath that runs parallel with the frontage of the Bloom residence. The bench, empty in this picture, is where the forearm of Elizabeth Cooper was found. Tissue samples have shown no indication of burning on the flesh, although the tree (here seen in the centre of the image) was scorched free of all its leaves.
We were unable to save the tree.
The warehouse seen at the left of this first image no longer exists. At 9:30 that morning the fire alarm was rung in a routine drill. This alarm is possibly the reason that Monroe was taking pictures. The car park seen in the distance was the designated assembly point for the 326 warehouse workers. It is known that at least some of the workers made their way to the grassy area instead of the car park, most likely to smoke. Among the workers were Elizabeth Cooper, Thomas Black and Daniel Kent. Further identification has proved difficult. Cooper and Black were known to be in a relationship. Cooper had previously been in a relationship with Monroe, the photographer.
Images 2 through 4 have been deemed unacceptable for public consumption.
This preliminary report has been issued thirteen days after the date of the incident. The full report, including the final total of the dead, will follow at a later date.