Kennedale, TX Gas Tank Explosion, Aug 1968
GAS TANK EXPLODES; 28 HURT.
Kennedale, Tex. (UPI) -- Mrs. Glynn Grimes looked down the road running in front of her home and could see it all -- the barkless trees, the blackened highway, the melted truck tires, the charred service station.
She stared at the devastation brought by the explosion of a gasoline tank truck Wednesday which injured 28 persons.
"It looked like hell," she said.
The explosion came as a tank truck filled the overhead storage tank at the Red Ball gas station on U.S. highway 287 just south of Kennedale.
Six of the injured were reported in critical condition at Fort Worth and Dallas hospitals including television newsman STEVE PIERINGER of KRLD-TV in Dallas.
PIERINGER was standing less than 50 yards from the station when he was engulfed in the huge fireball.
Kennedale volunteer Fire Chief Tom Lowery said PIERINGER "walked about 60 or 70 yards down the highway and then collapsed. He was just a white ash from head to toe. All his clothes except his undershorts were burned off."
The explosion occurred as firemen were trying to put out a small fire which erupted at the service station about 10 minutes earlier.
The blast lifted the 6,000 gallon storage tank 30 feet in the air, spun it end over end and dropped it on a large trailer house next to the station. The trailer was destroyed, but no one was in it at the time of the explosion.
Kingsport Times Tennessee 1968-08-01