Villa Rica Explosion

Villa Rica Explosion (HM6GW)

Location: Villa Rica, GA 30180 Carroll County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 43.895', W 84° 55.178'

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Around 11:00 a.m. on December 5, 1957, a natural gas leak under Berry's Pharmacy caused an explosion that destroyed four buildings and damaged several others in Villa Rica's downtown. The explosion killed twelve and injured twenty. The tragedy highlighted the need for both an organized local emergency response unit and the use of odor in the natural gas supply. The civil defense unit that resulted became a model for west Georgia. Ensuing litigation placed a considerable financial burden on the city, suppressing economic development for years. In terms of injury and loss of life, the explosion remains the most catastrophic event in Carroll County history.
HM NumberHM6GW
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number22-1
Year Placed2007
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Society, City of Villa Rica, and Villa Rica Downtown Development Authority
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 3:45pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 692735 N 3734338
Decimal Degrees33.73158333, -84.91963333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 43.895', W 84° 55.178'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 43' 53.70" N, 84° 55' 10.68" W
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Area Code(s)770, 678
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 148-198 US-78, Villa Rica GA 30180, US
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