The Ashpoint Incident
In the wee morning hours of April 1, 2190, the citizens of Ashpoint, Massachusetts were awakened by Trust personnel informing them that the disused subway tunnels beneath the city had become dangerously unstable, and they would have three days to pack and evacuate the area.
As the hours wore on, the reason for the sudden evacuation became clearer. The Ashpoint chapter of the Radicals had an explosives cache in their underground hideout. A government double agent went poking around and was caught. A struggle ensued and the explosives were accidentally triggered.
Ashpoint's mall sat right on top of the central explosives cache. Because the explosion occurred late at night, there were very very few people killed in the explosion, despite the fact that the initial explosion took out the entire city block the mall was on. Between the time of night the explosion occurred at and the Trust's efficient response to the incident there were almost no civilian deaths.
There were deaths, however. The government double agent, for one--and quite of few of the Radicals and SOSMC members who were down there when the struggle began. There were further deaths when SOAR was dispatched to the tunnels--the Ashpoint PD took a "shoot first, ask questions later" approach.
Coincidentally, the explosion in Ashpoint took place on the same day of a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in New York, Los Angeles, and Denver. The Trust came down hard on anyone with rebel ties as a result (even though the Ashpoint Incident had nothing to do with the other attacks). Some small government reforms occurred as a result--early elementary schooling was integrated, and all citizens were equipped with a tracking microchip (previously, only women had been subjected to government tracking, via the bracelets they were issued at the age of six).
Ashpoint residents were relocated to Fall River, Massachusetts, Providence, Rhode Island, Tidewater, Rhode Island, and numerous other locations in New England. After the evacuation, large swathes of Ashpoint were swallowed up in sinkholes.
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