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Friday, October 25, 2013

N&W Explosion 1974

On July 19, 1974, a massive explosion leveled the N&W (Norfolk & Western) railyard in the heart of Decatur.  Neighborhoods around the explosion site were heavily damaged, including Lakeview High School. The blast was reportedly heard as far away as 30 miles.

(photos from Herald and Review archives)

Lakeview High School

To read more about the explosion:
"Death Before Dawn", a research project by Millikin student Laura Voyles
Text of Associated Press article detailing the incident
National Transportation Safety Board's "Railroad Accident Report" for the event

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