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Church Explodes On Thieves During Houston Robbery [Video]

Westway Baptist Church

Houston, TX – A group of thieves got more than they bargained for when a church suddenly exploded during their robbery attempt, according to ABC News.

The gang of copper bandits attempted to steal some electric cables from the Westway Baptist Church on Wednesday evening. However, the thieves were confronted by an unexpected explosion when they attempted to cut the wires with bolt cutters.

Surveillance footage shows one suspect attempting to cut power to the church from across the street. Another thief then goes to remove the electrical wires with the cutters. Upon contact with the electrified copper, the cutters exploded in the man’s hands.

Black America Web reports that the church is currently without power. In order to provide Sunday services for their congregation, officials had to rent a generator. Although the building will have limited power for the weekend, Wednesday services were cancelled as a result of the attempted robbery.

“We can start the generator for eight hours only to minimize expenses,” explained head deacon Michael Kirtley. “Our [insurance] deductible is $5,000. This robbery is going to cost the church a lot.”

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first stroke of bad luck that has befallen the Westway Baptist Church. Several air conditions were stolen from the house of worship last year.

According to the International Business Times, the suspects are still at large. Authorities have warned hospitals and area doctors to be on the lookout for anyone suffering from suspicious burns.

Kirtley was surprised the wounded suspect with the wire cutters was able to walk away from the incident. Considering the man is showered in sparks following the explosion, he’s very lucky to be counted among the living.

“I surely don’t know if he was electrocuted or even alive,” the deacon explained.

What do you think about the church that exploded during a failed robbery? Do you think this was divine intervention?

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36 Responses to “Church Explodes On Thieves During Houston Robbery [Video]”

  1. Claudia Bias

    Was the hand writing on the wall or did the fire come out the box either way you can't take things that belong to God!

  2. Cole Crane

    I know it's not funny to laugh at this! He could be dead but God got his revenge for taking his stuff. I wonder if this guy has seen this video of his butt catching on fire.

  3. Anonymous

    Was this divine intervention? No, just another stupid-human-trick. Just another example of modern Americans' technical incompetence. More amateurism, like drug dealers selling to people they don't know who turn out to be cops. If you're going to do a job, do it right!

  4. Anonymous

    Hmmm…yep, that sounds like God. Kill someone for simple theft. Oh, that's right, since it was a church, the punishment should be greater than say stealing from a retail store or such. Maybe your God works that way. He must also be the God that crreated Down's Syndrome or cancer. Reflect on another of your God's creations, none other than Lucifer (the Devil). Remember, the fallen angel scenario?

  5. Dee Dee Rigler

    shut up!!!! It was gods way oif shoiwing this person to STOP!!!!! everything wrong in his life! noiw do u get it? or is karma just a word to u!!!

  6. Calvin Russell

    @lawrencebozek My God, your god or someone elses god. The fact is that when you die, you will have to give an account for what you have done in relation to Him. And at that day, you will not be so arrogant.

  7. Sam Fair

    I really feel bad for that congregation for what they've been through. I would be absolutely terified to even think of doing any harm to a house of God. But as far as the theives go, I only have this to say, "goody, goody."

  8. Jeremy Sandusky

    Calvin Russell They tried to cut LIVE power wires. HELLO! It caused an explosion. Simple physics, cause and effect. DUH. There's no "divine" intervention here retards. Makes for a nice headline though. Then when you die you go into a 6ft hole and get covered with dirt. Try reality sometime and you will not be such a deluded fool. Stop with the childish primitive nonsense. You and your religion are tiresome after 2,000 years of empty threats.

  9. Jeremy Sandusky

    Oh really, christian cult leaders are raping you brainwashed idiots for billions in donations on a daily basis. "God" must be naping when that goes on. The lesson here is that someone tried to cut a LIVE power wire and simply failed. It's called physics. Makes a nice catchy headline though. Try reality sometime. You obviously aren't getting it at the bible camp you are enslaved at.

  10. Jeremy Sandusky

    I feel bad that there are people in 2012 who still believe that a zombie cult leader from 2,000 years ago is going to magically return on a cloud one day in thin air and "save" them. Christianity is organized schizophrenia.

  11. Robert M Dickerson

    I don't think it was divine intervention, but a divine message to those that under stand gods spirtual language. The bible say God is a spirit, and his words are spirit, which means his mythodolgy is of spirit. He speaks spirtual in different ways. According to the book of Job 33:14 says, "For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not. in dreams and vision of the NIGHT." With that said lets see what the message may be. The Bible John 10:10 says, “The thief commeth not but to steal kill and destroy.” Notice the play on thief, and two that was used in this message that was aired. In Hebrew two means it is called Bet. It is from this letter that we get our word, both. This letter is the first letter of the Torah and of the book of Bereshit (Genesis). Like the number two, Bet stands for the beginning of man’s journey. If we look at the number two in a positive sense, it stands for man, his realm and all that was created by HaShem for man’s benefit. If we look at it in a negative light, two stands for all that is separate or opposed to HaShem. Also Two represents right and left, giving versus restraint if you look at it the negative light, two stands for all that is separate or opposed or in opposition. Two is also the minimal number of agreement before something can manifest, or be established or set forth. Even in our judicial system you need at least two or three witnesses for someone can be put away. In other places Two beckons us to choose. The spiritual meaning of number Two also deals with exchanges made with others, partnerships (both in harmony and rivalry), and communication. Two urges us out of our indecision, calls us to unite with like-minds, and like-ideals. Two asks us to exert our natural flow of judgment to do what is best for our souls Two in biblical meaning means agreement to establish by legal means or manifest The bible says,

    There were two, two is the number of agreement or something having legal right to be established. I matthew 18:19 it says,” Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. Also the bible says out of the mouth of two or three of my witness my word is established. In 2 Corinthians 13:1 it says out of the mouth of two three of my witness my word is established. This took place at a religious establishment, two days later which was Friday another attack hit America at an education establishment, which was the elementary school with the 28 killings while in china the same thing happened at a day care or a establishment of safety for kids.. The number two is showing up a lot here. There were two that came in during the second phase of what ‘called day which is night or darkness. Where there is no light or vision. The time was 2 a.m. “The church could not conduct its normal business for a lack of power. I think that’s an excellent play on words. “A LACK OF POWER.” Which is where the church is right now not able to perform because of a lack of power that has been robbed of it. Play on words but still spiritual principal. The two thieves were coming to cut and steel power, but an explosion caused the plot to back fire on the enemy. Someone caught on fire, God is a consuming fire, but fire also means enraged. Angry………. The church has had two robberies last year , which resulted in two air conditions being stolen. Air conditioners are meant to cool someone off in a period of great heat. Listen to what the deacon said,” We can start the generator for eight hours only to minimize expenses,” Kirtley said. “Our [insurance] deductible is $5,000. This robbery is going cost the church a lot.” They can’t start the generator for eight; eight is symbolic in the bible as new beginnings, because they have only 5000, dollars. 5 is grace. They can’t get to a new beginning because of a lack of grace or should the grace that was covering them has been robbed. Church member Homer Pate notified the Harris County Sheriff’s department In the and head deacon Michael Kirtley are mentioned in the first story that was shared. The etymology the name Homer means hostage," also "blind. And Michael means who is like god. At the end there is a message hear. The clues are all in there. The message is still coming forth, I believe the message is saying that they have been robbed of their vision, or grace, but whatever the plan of the enemy was for that church it is about to back fire, because the bible says all things work together for the good of those who have been called, and what was meant for evil God meant it for good. I think it’s also funny ABC which aired the story stand for America Broadcast, I think god was broad casting a message to America especially since two days later we saw what happened in Connecticut(1) and China(2)…I would love to hear what else happens in the next few months at the church. Note the cause of the report was an explosion of fire or sudden trouble, anarchy, destruction, or trials, the stealing of cooper which is as a metal, copper is inferior in value to gold, just as the human nature is inferior to the divine nature lately the name of the church is West Way Baptist Church. West mean we=go down as in the direction of the sun. Symbolically west in scripture means symbol of evening setting of the sun end of the age. I would love to know what happens if anyone has anything please email me at

  12. David Mitchell

    If the guy in the panel doesn't show up at a hospital then what I think happened might just be right. I think he was blown to Hell where he belongs. Anyone that steals from a house of God should go to Hell. If, by chance this guy is alive, he certainly has welders flash to his eyes and would be in excruciating pain. I had it once from welding with the wrong helmet and it feels like sand in your eyes. It is the most pain I have experienced since kidney stones. His hands must be burned very badly as well. It is a shame that he was not found on fire lying in the grass with his arms spread outward from the shoulders like a cross. This one would not be from the Klan. I am sorry for the church. In Louisville too many churches have been hit by thieves. God had better help them if I come across anyone stealing from a church. It would be the worst case of suicide ever scene. Shot, run over, stabbed and drown with too much chain around their neck. Ha, Ha!

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  14. Lauren Sheive

    I was robbed recently…nobody should take what doesn't belong to them ,be it from a church or an individual

  15. Chris Rakers

    Besides mass murdering 100s of millions of ppl throughout histry!!? Nothing

  16. Chris Rakers

    Why do holy people look for ANY reason to say god did it? Where was god when kids were being blown away for absolutely no reason except they went to school on the wrong day? Your god is a piece of CRAP!

  17. Kyle Patin

    if your clowning that Church like that then fuck you, go to hell. You were probably the one cutting those wires. Your just madd bro!

  18. Gene Fredette

    yes Paul soares, that's right..Vengeance is MINE says the Lord I will repay…Hebrews 10:30. Maybe you should read the Bible before you take cheap shots at the Lord or his people…smh

  19. Brian V. Sitterley

    However it happened, I am glad it happened. Hopefully he will show up at a local hospital and get turned in. Most of these characters are not smart enough to learn from experience, but every so often one decides he should quit while he is ahead.

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