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Gone at 3:17: The Untold Story of the Worst School Disaster in American History

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At 3:17 p.m. on March 18, 1937, a natural gas leak beneath the junior-senior high school in the oil boomtown of New London, Texas, created a lethal mixture of gas and oxygen in the school 's basement. The odorless, colorless gas went undetected until the flip of an electrical switch triggered a colossal blast. The two-story school, one of the nation 's most modern, collapsed, burying everyone under a menacing pile of rubble and dust.As the seventy-fifth anniversary of the catastrophe approaches, it remains the deadliest school disaster in U.S. history. Few, however, know of this historic tragedy, and no book, until now, has chronicled the explosion, its cause, its victims, and the aftermath.Gone at 3:17 is a true story of what can happen when trustees make bad decisions. To save money, school officials had tapped into a natural gas pipeline to heat the building. Because the gas was odorless, no one knew it was building up in the basement. The explosion led to laws that now require gas companies to add the pungent odor. The knowledge that the tragedy could have been prevented added immeasurably to the heartbreak experienced by the survivors and the victims families. The town would never be the same.Using interviews, testimony from survivors, and archival newspaper files, Gone at 3:17 puts readers inside the shop class to witness the spark that ignited the gas. Many of those interviewed during twenty years of research are no longer living, but their courageous acts of heroism and stories of survival live on in this meticulously documented and extensively illustrated book.

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In 1937, school authorities decided to save money on heating by piping 'waste' natural gas from a nearby oil refinery into a Texas high school. Not long after, the school exploded, killing 300 people. Written in a descriptive narrative style, this account draws on newspaper reports and interviews with survivors and witnesses to portray the real life of the town and to profile the lives those killed as well as the decision makers ultimately responsible for the tragedy. The book includes b&w historical photos. Brown and Wereschagin are journalists. The book is distributed in the US by Books International. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9781612341538
Author:
Brown, David M.
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Subject:
Physics-Meteorology
Subject:
World History-General
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English

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