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Gone at 3:17 : the untold story of the worst school disaster in American history

Author: David M Brown; Michael Wereschagin
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David M Brown; Michael Wereschagin
ISBN: 9781612341538 1612341535
OCLC Number: 731191932
Description: xiv, 297 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: 3:16 p.m. --
Calm --
Daybreak, March 18 --
The Superintendent --
Sweet Chariot --
Pleasant Hill --
American Dreams --
Wildcats' Pep Rally --
Farmer's Boy --
The Black Giant --
Lunchtime --
Fateful Afternoon --
Last Dance --
Terror --
3:17 p.m. --
Thunder on a Clear Day --
Newshounds --
Holy Sisters --
Radio Man --
Into the Ruins --
Newsflash --
A Blue Patch of Sky --
Valley of Death at Sundown --
Mother Frances --
Midnight of the Soul --
Dawn, March 19 --
Hard News --
Aftermath, March 20-29 --
Coffin Train --
Reckoning --
Lament --
Amazing Grace --
Survivors Assembly, March 29 --
Epilogue --
Reunion --
A Final Word.
Responsibility: David M. Brown and Michael Wereschagin.

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At 3:17 p.m. on March 18, 1937, a natural gas leak beneath the London Junior-Senior High School in the oil boomtown of New London, Texas, created a lethal mixture of gas and oxygen in the school's  Read more...

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