2008-11-20 / From Days Gone By

MEMORY JOGGER

This week's Memory Jogger, submitted by Clair Lininger Sr. of McConnellsburg, was taken August 7, 1951, near Cove Gap along Route 16 and pictures the site where a runaway truck loaded with six tons of dynamite caught fire and exploded on the eastern slope of Tuscarora Mountain. Parts of the truck were hurled upwards of a mile. One house located about 300 feet away (top left) was badly damaged. Another house (top right) located about 150 feet from the blast caught fire and was leveled. The blast carved a crater in the ground (bottom picture) that measured 25 feet deep and 235 feet wide. No one was seriously hurt.

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