Roswell, NM Highway Department Explosion, Nov 1952

FIVE MEN ARE BURNED IN ROSWELL EXPLOSION.

Roswell, Nov. 24. (AP) -- A spark from a welder's torch set off an explosion late today, burning five men, two of them seriously, and destroying the state highway department shop.
O. W. NICHOLS, 46, was repairing a large tank. Authorities said a spark apparently set off oil fumes in the tank. He and WAYNE TURNER, 18, a truck driver, were burned seriously.
The other injured were EVAN DAVIS, 54, a mechanic; ALVIN KIKER, 45, a mechanic, and JAMES HODGE, 55, a janitor. KIKER is from Portales the rest of Roswell.

Albuquerque Journal New Mexico 1952-11-25