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Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Officials look over the crater formed when the tankcar exploded. The crater was 100 feet wide and about 35 feet deep.

Officials look over the crater formed when the tankcar exploded. The crater was 100 feet wide and about 35 feet deep.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

This was the scene 30 yards north of the blast center.

This was the scene 30 yards north of the blast center.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Leonard Zodrow shows where this piece of debris from the explosion crashed into an East Wenatchee yard.

Leonard Zodrow shows where this piece of debris from the explosion crashed into an East Wenatchee yard.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard electric shop after the explosion.

Appleyard electric shop after the explosion.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Photo from World archives 4/7/74 
 Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Photo from World archives 4/7/74 Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Mike Hart shows where a 6-foot steel bar embeded itself into a building.

Mike Hart shows where a 6-foot steel bar embeded itself into a building.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Firefighters had to scramble over the twisted metal of boxcars to fight fires.

Firefighters had to scramble over the twisted metal of boxcars to fight fires.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.

Appleyard explosion on Aug. 6, 1974.