Advertisements I think the point was that being burned so badly is what turned him into the hard-hearted paranoid type is now. He's deliberately worked on being un-fool-able and prides himself on it, which is why the mole being high up in his organization really shook him. Oh, and I would say that 14 years qualifies as "a long time" You're assuming that they didn't just cover it up. "Tragic accident at demolition site", etc. There's no point in locking down the city and causing a panic when a) the perps could have teleported anywhere, b) there's no reason to expect an immediate followup "attack", and c) there's nothing you can do to stop them anyway.