Clipped From The Gallup Independent
Firemen Are Killed ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - A keg powder in a garage-like stall at the Longhorn Manufacturing Co. "apparently was what exploded" Thursday and two firemen at the fireworks plant. Police Chief L. M. Hall said. He said it appeared the cause of a which brought out the fire units "is to be a rocket loading machine shorting out." The firemen "pulled up in front of these series of stalls to put the fire Hall said. "They'd just gotten off their truck and this is when the explosion occurred." Fire Department Lt. Joe M. Salas Air Force Sgt. John Howard Vincent Wellsburg, W. Va., died in the blast. "The military airman was going up .to the building with the city firemen ..' when the explosion occurred," Hall ',; Two f i r e m e n were treated '.; Mary's Hospital and dismissed. .- Vincent, 21, \vas attached to the U.S. '.;Air Force 22nd Bombardment Wing " Roswell Industrial Air Center. The !:is a satellite of the 22nd Bombardment '/Â·Wing at March Air Force Base, Calif. Longhorn, which claims to be the largest fireworks producer in the C occupies a bunker at Roswell Industrial ' A i r Center, which is the site of 'Walker Air Force Base. The facility Longhorn uses was at one time a weapons aresenal. Hall said most of Longhorn's employes apparently were on vacation but there -was a small crew working at the A fire at Longhorn in June 1972 five plant employes. ! Officials said that blaze apparenly started when rockets outside a building Â·; accidentally were touched off and got in; side the building after workers fled ;to escape them.