- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 4, 2018

RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) - A monument honoring 41 people killed by natural gas explosions that rocked an eastern Indiana city in 1968 will be unveiled on the 50th anniversary of that disaster.

The 3-foot-by-6-foot stone monument will be dedicated Friday in Richmond during a ceremony that will include 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 includes the names of each of the 41 victims, whose names will be read aloud during the ceremony.

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The marker also pays tribute to those who rebuilt Richmond after the explosions swept the city’s downtown on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

The April 6, 1968, explosions also destroyed 15 buildings and injured more than 120 people in the city about 65 miles east of Indianapolis.


Information from: Palladium-Item, http://www.pal-item.com

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