Dec 11, 2008


Photos: Texas State Library, Wikipedia
On March 18, 1937, a gas explosion killed about 500 students and faculty at the Consolidated School at New London, Texas. The cause was ``an illegal tap made to a gas line from an oil field,'' according to the April 1937 edition of Fire Engineering. ``The explosion appeared to have the building rise and then fall back in the same place,'' the magazine said.