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[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.9278]

Description: Photograph used for a story in the Daily Oklahoman newspaper. Caption: "A 24-year-old mother and her two children were seriously injured Tuesday when a blast ripped their six-room frame home apart on the Superior Feed Mills experimantel farm just inside the Canadian county line on the Northwest highway. Mrs. Verna Wilkerson, and her two childern, Kerry, 4, and Vickie, 2, were rushed to McBride hospital in Oklahoma City by the husband, N. C. Wilkerson. The explosion occurred shortly after 10 a.m.. while Wilkerson and other employes worked in a barn nearby. Wilkerson in the farm manager. He said cause of the blast was probably an occumulation of gas under the floor of the two-story house. Mrs. Wilkerson was blown out of the home. She recieved two fractured vertebrae. Her daughter, Vicki, suffered two broken legs while Kerry recieved only scratches. A mattress blown on top of him probably saved his life, Wilkerson said................................O. L. Nabors, an employe, was with Wilkerson at the time. After the injured persons were taken to McBride, Wilkerson and three employes began searching for salvageable items. There where a few. A service station operator about two miles from the explosion on the Oklahoma-Canadian county line. V. G. Wells, said he heard the roar but didn't know what it was until an emploe of the farm stopped by later. The employee told Wells there was a cloud of white smoke, and the house was lifted and dropped again. The Superior farm is located about seven miles from the Oklahoma City miles. (photo tag: N.C. Wilkerson walks past the wreckage of his home, ruined by a blast that seriously injured his wife and two children.)"
Date: March 3, 1959
Creator: Gumm, John
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.9240]

Description: Photograph used for a story in the Daily Oklahoman newspaper. Caption: "Multiple explosions caused by burning gasoline fumes damaged an Oklahoma City service station Saturday afternoon. There were no injuries. A solid sheet of flames 50 feet across and bout 20 feet high shot up in front of the Bi Rite Service station, 2020 N Broadway. Boiling black smoke rose into the clear sky and could be seen for miles away. A fire truck rushing to the blaze from the fire station at California and Walker was nearly forced of N Broadway when a car turned left in front of the screaming truck. (photo tag: Firemen pour water on burning gasoline transport truck.)"
Date: 1964
Creator: Heaton, Bob
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.9284]

Description: Photograph used for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "(photo of debris of a house/building around the grounds, a group of people in the background, a building behind the group, and more)"
Date: December 6, 1967
Creator: Argo, Jim
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.9235]

Description: Photograph used for a story in the Daily Oklahoman newspaper. Caption: "Three downtown Oklahoma City buildings were ripped apart early Saturday morning by an explosion that killed one person and sent 19 persons to hospitals for treatment. The explosion at 7:50 a.m. occurred in the 100 block E Grand wrecking the Janger Produce Co., 108 E Grand, and an adjoining cleaning plant and cafe. Killed in the blast was Mrs. Faye Lutts, 30, an employe of the Janger company and mother of two children. A total of 11 persons were hospitailized in three Oklahoma City hospitals after the blast. Eight others were treated and released. Fire Is Threat Police and fire rescue crews labored for more than two hours at the scene hunting for the injured. they braved the possibilty of a second explosion for the rescue work went on while gas flames shot from the rear of the building. A smell of natural gas was strong in the area......Spectators said the blast blew out the front of the 140-foot building and dropped the dome roof on the employees working on the first floor. Bricks from the structure were hurled 50 yards. The plate glass front window of the Oklahoma Wholesale Co., located across the street, was broken. (photo tag: A heavy crane digs into debris for survivors of a blast that early Saturday wrecked three businesses in the 100 block E Grand.)"
Date: December 24, 1955
Creator: Lucas, Jim
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.9246]

Description: Photograph used for a story in the Daily Oklahoman newspaper. Caption: "Three persons were injuired, one seriously, Tuesday when a Yellow Cab Co. taxi blew up and caught fire in the 1000 block NW 4. Two passengers and the driver were blown from the car when fumes from the just-filled butane tank ignited, District Fire Chief W. C. Roach said. Mrs. Dealie Schubmehl, 43, of 308 N Allen, was admitted to St. Anthony Hospital suffering first and second degree burns to her face, hands and legs, hospital spokesman said. Her condition was listed as serious. The other passenger, Mrs. Irene Anderson, 47, of 115 N Tuttle, was treated for minor burns. The cab driver, John Johnson, 34, of 114 N Harrison, was treated for face and hand burns. Chief Roach said the cab's butane fuel tank had been filled at company headquarters, 1414 W Main. "Apperantly," he theorized, "fumes accumulated inside the cab and were ignited by a spark of some kind. All occupants were blown from the car." The taxi was a total loss, Roach said."
Date: January 24, 1961
Creator: King, Cliff
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.9282]

Description: Photograph used for a story in the Daily Oklahoman newspaper. Caption: "A series of explosions in the gasoline recovery plant of the Phillips Petroleum Co., refinery at Okmulgee, Monday claimed five lives. One man was killed outright and the others died of burns suffered when subsequent wxplosions overtook them trying to rescue men burned by the first blast. Of a battery of pressure tanks in the plant, one was huled 100 yards into the refinery yard. Smoke and flame seen in the picture is from a brush fire started by the explosions."
Date: December 1, 1941
Creator: Thomas, Gene
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.9239]

Description: Photograph used for a story in the Daily Oklahoman newspaper. Caption: "Death Scene at Tinker Air Force Base was in this mainterance building. Civilian workmen were welding on a pump at the rear of the 5,000-gallon fuel tank truck, when fumes apparently ignited and blew out the ends of the tank. One person was killed, another was critically injured and three others were severely burned."
Date: 1963
Creator: Matheson, Mandell
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.9236]

Description: Photograph used for a story in the Daily Oklahoman newspaper. Caption: "An alcohol explosion in the prescription department at Ralph's Drug Store, NW 4 and Broadway, sent a druggist and fireman to the hospital Friday afternoon. Occupants of the adjoining Winn Hotel were forced to evacute. Treated for burns of the left arm and both legs was druggist Earl L. Wootan, 49, of 1443 NW 39. His condition was described as "good" at St. Anthony Hospital. Injured in a back-draft-blast that hurled hin about 10 feet was Pat Patterson, 29, of 2230 NW 36, a member of Fire Department squad No. 1. Paterson was examined at Mercy, but later released after treatment for bruises.........Wootan, at St. Anthony Hospital, said he was mixing a compound and "the alcohol was ignited by spontaneous combustion, I think." (photo tag: Two persons were injured during this two-alarm drug store fire at NW 4 and Broadway Friday afternoon.)"
Date: May 19, 1961
Creator: Miller, Joe
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.9279]

Description: Photograph used for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "A 24-year-old mother and her two children were seriously injured Tuesday when a blast ripped their six-room frame home apart on the Superior Feed Mills experimantel farm just inside the Canadian county line on the Northwest highway. Mrs. Verna Wilkerson, and her two childern, Kerry, 4, and Vickie, 2, were rushed to McBride hospital in Oklahoma City by the husband, N. C. Wilkerson. The explosion occurred shortly after 10 a.m.. while Wilkerson and other employes worked in a barn nearby. Wilkerson in the farm manager. He said cause of the blast was probably an occumulation of gas under the floor of the two-story house. Mrs. Wilkerson was blown out of the home. She recieved two fractured vertebrae. Her daughter, Vicki, suffered two broken legs while Kerry recieved only scratches. A mattress blown on top of him probably saved his life, Wilkerson said................................O. L. Nabors, an employe, was with Wilkerson at the time. After the injured persons were taken to McBride, Wilkerson and three employes began searching for salvageable items. There where a few. A service station operator about two miles from the explosion on the Oklahoma-Canadian county line. V. G. Wells, said he heard the roar but didn't know what it was until an emploe of the farm stopped by later. The employee told Wells there was a cloud of white smoke, and the house was lifted and dropped again. The Superior farm is located about seven miles from the Oklahoma City miles. (photo tag: N.C. Wilkerson walks past the wreckage of his home, ruined by a blast that seriously injured his wife and two children.)"
Date: March 3, 1959
Creator: Gumm, John
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.9234]

Description: Photograph used for a story in the Daily Oklahoman newspaper. Caption: "A gasoline transport truck being filled at General Facilities, Inc., 4700 NE 10, exploded into flames late Monday and momitarily threatened several oil tanks in that vicinity. Damage was estimated at $18,000 on the truck and $1,500 on the terminal. Only major loss however was the big truck owned by Groendyke Transport Inc. By the time Oklahoma City and Del City firemen brought the blaze under control, the truck was destroyed. The driver, Harry Hughes, 33, of 8513 NE 28, was not injured. For nearly half an hour firefighters battled leaping flames to prevent them from setting off surrounding stills...............Hughes told firemen he had put two feeder lines into the truck's gasoline compartments, and then walked to the opposite side of the loading dock. "There must have been about 2,000 gallons of gas in the truck when she blew," he said. "I heard a sort of a muffled noise...it wasn't a loud explosion, and ran around the dock and turned of the gas lines."` (photo tag: Gasoline fire, touched off when a transport truck exploded while refueling, is fought Monday night by these firemen. They battled the flames for nearly 30 minutes, attempting to prevent the blaze from spreading. Only loss was the truck, which was unloading at 4700 NE 10.)"
Date: December 18, 1961
Creator: King, Cliff
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.9281]

Description: Photograph used for a story in the Daily Oklahoman newspaper. Caption: "Smoke mushrooms minutes after a high-flying jet exploded in the air over southwest Oklahoma. Plane in the foreground is on the ground at Will Rogers field here. Staff photographer John Gumm shot this picture while returning froma football assignment at Stillwater."
Date: 1959
Creator: Gumm, John
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.9280]

Description: Photograph used for a story in the Daily Oklahoman newspaper. Caption: "A military jet aircraft exploded high over southern Oklahoma Saturday evening and sent flaming wreckage plummenting to earth in a 30-mile radius around Duncan. Hundreds of watchers in Oklahoma reported seeing the explosion. At least one body was reported found in the wreckage. Reports of parachutes were conflicting, but an Oklahoma highway patrol pilot said he saw at least one chute drifting down near cookietown...Lt. Harold Hall said searchers found one body in wreckage 12 miles west of Duncan, but search and rescure headquarters said the main body of the wreckage fell near Cookietown, about 30 miles southwest of Duncan. Pilots Aloft See Blast Highway partol pilot, Art Hamilton, in the air over Oklahoma City, set the time of explosion at 5:05 p.m. he said he saw one parachute open at the explosion and drift down near Cookietown. Another pilot over Oklahoma City, Bob Loschke, a student at the University of Oklahoma, said he spotted the explosion and drift near Cookietown. Another pilot over Oklahoma City, Bob Lochke, a student at the University of Oklahoma, said he spotted the explosion from about 2,000 feet, 20 miles south of Norman. Several residents reported the craft had just broken the sound barrier, attracting their attention skyward. They said they glanced up just in time to see the craft disolve in a ball of the orange and yellow flame. (photo tag: Smoke mushrooms minutes after a high-flying jet exploded in the air over southwest Oklahoma. Plane in the foreground is on the ground at Will Rogers field here.)"
Date: 1959
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.9247]

Description: Photograph used for a story in the Oklahoma City Times newspaper. Caption: "A crude oil line under a house in southeastern Oklahoma City exploded Monday destroying the house and damaging three others in a sea of blazing oil. The home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Williams at 312 SE 49 was destroyed. The couple was in the front part of the home when the explosion ripped the back out of the house. They were not injured. The burning oil sent billowing smoke hundreds of feet in the air. Fire inspector E. L. "Buddy" Koch said a 6-inch oil line owned by the Champlin Oil Co. ran through the alley behind the homes. He said he thought there was an abandoned line that ran under the Williams' home to an abandoned oil well directly across the street. Burning oil and wood spread to the homes of Mrs. Otis Warrior at 316 SE 49, on the east of the Williams' home; and to Mrs. Darlene Jenkins, 306 SE 49, on the west. All escaped injury. Debris from the Williams' home flew across the alley and burned two spots in the roof of the Mrs. Melvin Curry home at 309 SE 50. Williams, his wife, Myrtle, his daughter, Wanda Lee, and their dog, Tiny, were in the living room when the explosion ripped through their home."
Date: May 20, 1968
Creator: Miller, Joe
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.9238]

Description: Photograph used for a story in the Oklahoma City Times newspaper. Caption: "A Butane Tank Exploded at 1819 SW 7 Thursday, demolishing a frame home and leaving about $2,000 in wreckage. James Morton, owner of the home, was outside at the time and was not injured. He told firemen he accidentally knocked the nozzle off the butane tank."
Date: May 9, 1969
Creator: Miller, Joe
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.9242]

Description: Photograph used for a story in the Oklahoma City Times newspaper. Caption: "Heroes of all boys battle a 2-alarm fire at Ralph's Drug Store, NW 4 and Broadway Friday afternoon (top photo), and draw admiring glances from this group of small boys (bottom photo). The fire started with an alcohol explosion which injured druggist Earl L. Wooten, 49. Fireman Pat Patterson, 2230 NW 36, recieved minor injures in the fire which destoryed the drug store. Guests of a hotel above the store were routed."
Date: May 19, 1961
Creator: King, Cliff
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.9245]

Description: Photograph used for a story in the Oklahoma City Times newspaper. Caption: "A two-story, brick produce company building, a cleaning establishment and a café in the 100 E Grand were demolished by an explosion by and explosion Saturday morning. One woman was killed and 21 persons were injured. Killed in the blast at 7:50 a.m. which rocked the east side of the Oklahoma City business district was Mrs. Faye Lutts, employe of Janger Produce, 108 E Grand. Police and firemen dug feverishly for two hours for another woman rmploye believed trapped in the rubble of the two-story building. However, it later was discovered the woman, Dorothy Strader, already had been removed and taken to a hospital under another name. Seventeen persons were hospitalized and six other suffered slight injures in the explosion. For more than an hour, police and firemen braved the danger of a second explosion as gas flames shot jet-fashion from the rear of the ruins while they dug for a half dozen persons trapped inside the produce building......Eight persons, three of them employees, were inside Irene's cafe, 110-A E Grand. Six of them were hospitalized, but all escaped certain death by dying underneath a heavy wooden counter seconds before the roof caved in. (photo tag: Firemen and policemen battle jet gas flames, at lower right, arrow No. 3, while others dig for injured, arrows 1 and 2.)"
Date: December 24, 1955
Creator: Peterson, Dick
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.9283]

Description: Photograph used for a story in the Oklahoma City Times newspaper. Caption: "Like a smoking battlefield is this scene of widespread destruction taken from a plane which flew over the Phillips Petroleum Co., refinery near Okmulgee Monday where a terrific balst killed at least four men and injured 16 others. Burned storage tanks can be seen in the far background at the top of the picture with still others in the center foreground. Another tank battery in the right foreground appears untouched."
Date: December 1, 1941
Creator: Thomas, Gene
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society

[Photograph 2012.201.OVZ001.9244]

Description: Photograph used for a story in the Oklahoma City Times newspaper. Caption: "Big Hunt was interrupted Monday afternoon when this fireworks stand at NW 50 and Classen exploded. An employe of the controversial stand. Mark Walker, 2333 NW 35, said he was hunting cockroaches in the stand when a fire and double explosion hit. He suffered burns about the face. The stand was ordered closed by city council after the site was annexed a month ago. Deadline was Tuesday. Photo shows wreckage remaining after the fire."
Date: September 7, 1959
Creator: Traverse, Austin
Partner: Oklahoma Historical Society
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