Metropolitan Store Explosion
On October 25, 1960, a broken gas line coming into the Metropolitan Store on Ouellette Avenue caused a huge explosion on the main floor of the store, taking out the building’s rear wall, which resulted in the upper two floors collapsing. Many of the store’s customers and employees were trapped in the rubble, and the firefighters and volunteers who were tasked with extracting the trapped people recall the site as quite a gory mess. Ten people were killed in the accident, and more than 100 were injured.
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