Clinton Fireworks Plant Explosion Part 2
Charles shot and hrothp-r holes indi- beTM turn 12 Dead, Three Injured in Clinton Explosion, Fire (Continued from Page 1) building in a matter of minutes. "By the time I got to a I could hardly find it because of the smoke." he said. "I the girls behind me 24 in i scr eamin" I closed my eyes and as caliber it pulled off. the he the Jr., mayor 48 j Moberly Nash mouth and started for the roarl outside. When T reached it I turned around. There was was fire everywhere." Fred Fred Baker, the plant foreman, foreman, told a coroner's jury-that workers attempting to escape were prevented by a pile up a small noor. Jammed Jammed In Door "I was outside at the time." he said, "and, saw smoke in.c from the room in which Herst was cutting wings for buzz bombs. I rushed back into the room. I went to a bis: sliding donr but couldn't get it open, so I .went back outside and tried to set the door open from the outside. "A small door in the large sliding door was open, but the workers were so .jammed in small opening that they couldn't get out." Clinton, about 100 miles southeast of Kansas City, has a population of 6.000. TM , ,, , , | Ritchie for Floyd Shepara. a worker whose wife died in the fire, a reporter that she was led from the building when remembered .her daughter-in- law was in the plant. She "Oh. Hazel." and. ran back the building. Her body was | er. Funeral of found later in the debris. Through With Fireworks _, ,.,,,, C. F. Province, another work- ': said: V 1 was tampins powder into small tubes and Will. East was wokring alongside me when the fire started. "East ran toward another door but then turned, back. flames were everywhere by then and he started running the door where I was. The on his head began to burn he made the door -all right. I put out the flames in his hair and then the. whole building went up in flames." Brown, who has been in business business here since 1923. said "he did. not plan to .start another Â·plant for the making of similar products. Hp opened the . fireworks fireworks plant last Â· July."We July."We will continue to operate plant No. 1." he added. This plant maufactures checker checker games and toy gliders. Families of those who lost their lives today, began making funeral arrangements.