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'Like an Earthquake'
February 20, 2013
Article reports on a large natural gas explosion in the Country Club Plaza that injured at least 16 people and destroyed the iconic JJ's Restaurant at 48th Street and Belleview Avenue. The force of the...
Aerial view looking southwest along Southwest Boulevard at 31st Street. Shows Phillips Petroleum tanks on fire.
A Bomb at the Harlem Night Club
Photo and caption about the explosion from "a dynamite bomb" at "the Harlem night club" at 1414 East 15th Street, "believed to be an effort to intimidate the owners into paying extortion money."
An Elevator Blown Up: Johnson & Brinkman's Plant at Rosedale Badly Damaged
Article about the explosion of a boiler at the grain elevator of the Johnson and Brinkman plant at Rosedale, Kansas, completely destroying the building.
Artifacts: The Pinkerton Bomb
Photos and article about the Pinkerton bomb, "[r]ecently placed on display in a Clay County, Missouri museum, a seemingly innocuous bowl-shaped disc of wrought iron" used by Allan Pinkerton and his Pinkerton...
Blasts Spell the End of Span
January 17, 2015
Article describes the beginning of demolition of the Fairfax bridge that carries southbound traffic on U.S. 69 across the Missouri River. It is written that two explosions on Friday, January 16, 2015,...
Blaze Ruins Meat: A $75,000 Stock Is Destroyed by Fire at Robert Blond Company
Photo and article about the explosion and fire at "the Robert Blond Meat company building, 3022 Prospect avenue," destroying "a $75,000 stock of meat" there.
Borderline Businesses Pay Most Sugar
January 11, 1935
Photo and article about the bombing of the Harlem Nightclub as an example of the vulnerability of semi-legitimate ("borderline") nightclubs and other businesses in Kansas City to its strong-arm tactics...
Chemistry: The Kansas City Candy Factory Disaster
Destruction of three large brick buildings in the J. F. Corle & Son candy factory at 202-206 Main Street, occupied for two years by the Corles.
Citizens Historical Association: Biographical Data of Kansas Citians
Biographical sketch of William Malcolm Lowry, or W. Malcolm Lowry, a founding member of the Henrici-Lowry Engineering Company at 114 West 10th Street, born in Kansas City in 1884 and establishing his business...
Clean Up Blast Scene
Clippings about a gas main explosion on August 3, 1962, at 46th and Wyoming Streets, destroying 11 houses and burning 12 others.
Corruption and Mayhem--Inside Look at Mafia
Photos and article about the crack-down on a Kansas City "criminal empire deeply involved in murder, extortion, loan sharking, illegal gambling, bombing, arson and corruption of officials." Description...
Despite Conviction, Five Insist: We didn't set the Blast.
July 3, 1997
Five Kansas Citians, convicted in the November 1988 deaths of six firefighters, continued to insist on their innocence, citing holes in the government's case against them.
Disaster! Platte County History Includes a Few
Short overview of disasters occuring in Platte County, Missouri, including floods, fires, battles, tornado, explosion, and grasshopper plague including a list of disasters.
Dust Believed Cause of Blast
April 24, 1962
Article covers explosion at Gustin-Bacon plant on Fairfax trafficway on April 23, 1962. The explosion killed one and injured eleven.
Exploding Tank Blasts an Inferno across Southwest Boulevard
Gas and oil fire and explosions at 31st and Southwest Boulevards, causing six deaths including five firemen and about 100 injuries, with photos.
Explosion of the Steamboat Saluda: Tragedy and Compassion at Lexington, Missouri, 1852
July 1, 2005
The steamship Saluda exploded on April 9, 1852. The estimated 80 - 100 deaths made it the worst such disaster on the Missouri River. A substantial number of the ship's passengers were Mormons starting...
A 3 volume collection of photocopied newspaper articles, primarily from the Kansas City Star and Kansas City Times, detailing the November 29, 1988 blast that killed six Kansas City firefighters and the...
Housing Boom: Watkins Drive's Neighbors Say Blasting Damaged Their Homes
Article describing damage to homes in the area of Bruce Watkins Drive. Construction of the highway made explosions necessary, resulting in cracked windows and gas pipes in neighborhood homes.
Jazz Musician Remembers Fire. ..
Recollections about the explosive fire by "jazz musician" Baby Lovett (pictured), thrown by the 1925 explosion and fire of the Gillis Theater at 5th and Walnut Streets.
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