1968 Explosion
Blast Wrecks Buildings At Powder Firm
Wednesday, March 20, 1968 - Eldred - There were no injuries in an explosion which destroyed several buildings at National Powder Company, north of Eldred Borough. The blast was apparently touched off by a fire of undetermined origin in a nitrator building and was discovered soon enough to evacuate the 35 employees to safe areas when the blast occurred. The explosion cracked and rattled windows as far away as ten miles at 9:45 a.m. The blast left a crater at least ten feet deep and uprooted trees for several hundred feet in all directions. The following photographs were taken soon after the explosion by Kenneth Slavin of Eldred.