New London School Explosion

March 18 was the 75th anniversary of the New London, TX, school explosion.  It was caused by unodorized  natural gas from a pipeline delivering gas to the school. Over 250 school children and teachers were killed as a result of the explosion.  Within a matter of weeks Texas adopted mandatory odorization for gas distribution lines.

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