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Thu Sep 13, 2018, 06:56 PM

18. I photographed a similar incident 45 years ago in London, Ontario in Canada

http://londonfirefighters.ca/gas-explosions/

The Oxford Park Gas Explosions of August 7, 1973.

While doing some repair work in this west London neighbourhood, a backhoe operator accidentally destroyed a gas line regulator. The increased pressure turned furnaces and gas stoves in neighbouring homes into bombs. Ten houses exploded and burned while an additional 40 were damaged. 3,000 homes were evacuated. Miraculously, there were no fatalities. PHOTO: From the book, The History of the London Fire Department: Heroes, Helmets and Hoses

I went into the neighborhood after the fires were out. It was eerie, seeing empty basements with bare, blackened stairways coming up out of them.

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