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Author Brown, David M. (David Mark), 1948-

Title Gone at 3:17 : the untold story of the worst school disaster in American history / David M. Brown and Michael Wereschagin
Edition First edition
Published Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, [2012]
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Summary How a town lost its future. 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 basement. The odorless, colorless gas went undetected until the flip of an electrical switch triggered a colossal blast. The two-story school, one of the nation's most modern, disintegrated, burying everyone under a vast pile of rubble and debris. More than 300 students and teachers were killed, and hundreds more were injured. As the seventy-fifth anniversary of the catastrophe approaches, it remains the deadliest school disaster in U.S. history. Few, however, know of this historic tragedy, and no book, until now, has chronicled the explosion, its cause, its victims, and the aftermath. Gone at 3:17 is a true story of what can happen when school officials make bad decisions. To save money on heating the school building, the trustees had .
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Consolidated School (New London, Tex.) -- History -- 20th century.
Disaster victims -- Texas -- New London -- Biography.
Disasters -- Texas -- New London -- History -- 20th century.
Explosions -- Texas -- New London -- History -- 20th century.
High schools -- Texas -- New London -- History -- 20th century.
New London (Tex.) -- Biography.
New London (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
Author Wereschagin, Michael.
ISBN 1612341543 (electronic bk.)
9781612341545 (electronic bk.)