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Natural Gas Explosion 1937 New London school Texas

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Uploaded on Jul 1, 2008

A newsreel of one of the worst hazardous material tragedies in American history. At 3:05 p.m. on March 18, 1937, a massive natural gas explosion ripped through the school building in New London, Texas, in the East Texas oil fields. More than one half of the students and teachers -- some 298 people -- were killed. As a direct result of this disaster, Texas and other states began to require that natural gas be mixed with a malodorant to give early warning of a gas leak. The foul odor most people associate with gas is actually the chemical mercaptan, the odorant added to natural gas. For more details, go to The New London, Texas School Explosion website at http://www.newlondonschool.org/. The complete newsreel is available at the Internet Archive.

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