1953 Gas Explosion

1953 Gas Explosion (HMJ46)

Location: Aiken, SC 29801 Aiken County
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N 33° 33.677', W 81° 43.369'

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On January 27, 1953, an explosion causedby a natural gas leak killed ten peopleand destroyed five buildings on thenorthern half of this block. The fivebuildings destroyed were Platt's Drug Store,the Jones Electric Company (the site ofthe explosion), R.W. McCreary's, theDiana Shop, and Liles Drug Company (theformer site of Hahn Grocery for many years).The Holley Building and the others to thesouth, sustained damage, but survived theblast. The ten local citizens (nine fromAiken and one from Graniteville) killedin the accident are here remembered. They are David O. Rutland, Emille C. McCarter, John C. Watson, CharlesNelson Long, Mrs. W.M. Duncan, JohnHenry "Jack" Neibling, "Bubba" Mosley,Jack Holley, Ruth Madry, and Mae Weeks.
HM NumberHMJ46
Series This marker is part of the South Carolina: Aiken County Historical Society series
Year Placed2009
Placed ByAiken County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 9:38am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 432907 N 3713747
Decimal Degrees33.56128333, -81.72281667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 33.677', W 81° 43.369'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 33' 40.62" N, 81° 43' 22.14" W
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Area Code(s)803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 106-134 Laurens St SW, Aiken SC 29801, US
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