PHILADELPHIA, May 13-A state police helicopter this evening dropped a bomb on a house occupied by an armed group after a 24-hour siege involving gun battles.PHILADELPHIA: Survivor of 1985 Philadelphia MOVE bombing dies - Obituaries - MiamiHerald.com
A 90 -minute shootout this morning came after a week of growing tension between the city and the group, known as Move. Residents in the western Philadelphia neighborhood had complained about the group for years. The only known survivors
from within the house were a woman and a child. The fire spread to 50 to 60 other houses in the neighborhood, said the Fire Commissioner, William Richmond.
He declared the fire under control about 11:40 P.M.
The Brevard County medical examiner's office says Ward, one of two survivors of the 1985 MOVE bombing in Philadelphia, died aboard a cruise ship in the Caribbean. An investigator says Ward was found in a hot tub Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 and appears to have drowned. Ward, formerly known as Birdie Africa, was a 13-year-old boy living with his mother at the compound of the militant group MOVE when Philadelphia police dropped a bomb on the roof, killing five children and six adult members of the group and incinerating 61 row homes.Let the Fire Burn, Jason Osder’s documentary about Philadelphia, MOVE, and a fire that claimed a neighborhood.
Let the Fire Burn, Jason Osder’s powerful debut documentary, opens with period footage of a soft-spoken boy with two names: Michael Moses Ward and Birdie Africa. Michael was known as Birdie as a child—he was one of several kids raised by a small black liberation group that occupied a Philadelphia row house on Osage Avenue. They called themselves MOVE, and they wanted to live without technology and without government interference. But the group and the city were constantly at odds.