- Associated Press - Monday, May 30, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno is asking residents to hold a moment of reflection this week to commemorate the fifth anniversary of a tornado that killed three people in western Massachusetts and caused severe damage.

Sarno has asked residents and businesses to observe a moment of silence at 4:38 p.m. Wednesday, the time the tornado touched down on June 1, 2011. It caused damage in large sections of the city and killed three people in West Springfield and Brimfield.

Spiritual institutions in the city are being asked to chime their bells at that moment to mark the beginning of the tornado’s 6.2-mile rampage through the city.


This story has been corrected to show the tornado killed three people in West Springfield and Brimfield, not in Springfield.

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