March 20, 2012

LETTER: Wheeler gas leak should serve as lesson The Westerly Sun

Seventy-five years ago this past Sunday, March 18, 1937, marked the anniversary of one of the deadliest school disasters in American history.

On that date, in New London, Texas, a gas explosion caused the death of nearly 300 students and teachers. An unknown leak allowed natural gas to pocket and ignite, leveling the school. After this event regulations were enacted to add odorant to the odorless gas, to better warn people of its presence.

Flash forward: March, 2012.

An article printed by this paper reported the need for a selective evacuation of Wheeler High School, due to the presence of an odor of gas...

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