Monument unveiled 50 years after deadly Richmond explosions


A monument honoring 41 people killed by natural gas explosions that rocked an eastern Indiana city has been unveiled on the disaster’s 50th anniversary.

The 3-foot-by-6-foot stone monument was dedicated Friday in Richmond during a ceremony that included a moment of silence at 1:47 p.m., when the explosions started in a sporting goods store’s basement.

The Palladium-Item reports the monument is engraved with the phrase, “Death in a Sunny Street,” which comes from a book about the disaster. It also includes the names of the victims — read aloud and followed by tolling bells.

The marker also honors those who rebuilt Richmond after the explosions swept the downtown. The April 6, 1968, explosions also destroyed 15 buildings and injured about 120 people in the city 65 miles east of Indianapolis.


Information from: Palladium-Item,

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