Fireworks Plant Explosion
Posted 07 February 2009 - 04:29 PM
Posted 07 February 2009 - 05:17 PM
Elston Brooks wrote about this event in his book, _Don't Dry-Clean My Blackjack_. He was a reporter/columnist for the _Fort Worth Star-Telegram_ for many years. He said that the name of the hill the factory was sitting on was called "Firecracker Hill." While the explosion demolished the building and damaged homes (laundry hanging out to dry was filled with splinters), nobody was killed. One of the employees was quoted as saying something like, "We're trained to leave immediately whenever we smell smoke."
In particular, I remember Brooks' line about the fact that the fireworks factory was located close to Carswell, and this was during the heat of the Cold War. When the explosion occurred, everyone saw that mushroom cloud and just _knew_ that the city had been hit with an atomic bomb. "So what did they do? They FLOORBOARDED their cars over there for a closer look!"
Posted 08 February 2009 - 07:31 PM
Posted 08 March 2009 - 06:06 PM
Posted 19 June 2009 - 06:30 AM
Ft Worth(3902 Byers street). I remember my dad driving to the site and us walking around in the fields
South of the building and picking up items that had been thrown out by the explosion.
Only the slab was left. I believe I heard that it was triggered by a working opening
a case of fireworks with a hammer. The employees had run out and jumped into ditches
and I don't think any were hurt.
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