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Monday marks 76th anniversary of the New London explosion

Monday marks 76th anniversary of the New London explosion

POSTED: Monday, March 18, 2013 - 8:58am

UPDATED: Monday, March 18, 2013 - 12:47pm

On March 18th, 1937 the worst school disaster in American history took place right here in East Texas.

It was the New London school explosion, which was the result of a natural gas leak.

In total, 295  students and teachers died that day.

The school built a monument several years later, commemorating the lives lost, and the town now has a museum dedicated to the event.

Monday marks the 76th anniversary of that horrible accident.

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Before the New London disaster mercaptan had not been added to natural gas which allows detection by smell. In it's natural state, methane is odorless. Nowadays, we could add cigarette smoke and someone would claim they could smell a leak from miles away. Since the time of the New London school we as a nation have become a group of whining cry-babies.

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