Columbus, OH Gas Explosion, May 1958

Disconnected Gas Pipe: 21 Houses Damaged By Blast

Columbus, Ohio.-CLARENCE MCLOUGHLIN, 42, who sat through an explosion that turned his three-bedroom home here into a pile of rubble and damaged nearly 20 other homes, is in far condition in University Hospital with second and third degree burns.

MCLOUGHLIN told police he had disconnected a gas pipe laid down on a couch when he forgot and started to light a cigarette.

Witnesses said the blast lifted the roof off the house and the four walls collapsed. Neighbors pulled MCLOUGHLIN, who was still conscious and still on the couch, out of the debris.

The Newark Advocate, Newark, OH 17 May 1958