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1972, BARGE EXPLOSION ON THE OHIO

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Crews are shown raising pieces of the sunken barges following the Jan. 7, 1972, barge explosion on the Ohio River beneath the B & O railroad bridge. A 49 - year-old deck hand on the tug boat Martin and his 15 -year old son were killed in the blast. Damage to the railroad bridge caused closure of that structure for about a year and the traffic span between Parkersburg and Belpre was closed several days for inspection. Businesses on both sides of the river and homes and other structures received damages as a result of the explosion. Investigation of the causes continued for several months.  

 

1972, barge explosion on the Ohio River beneath the B & O railroad bridge. Picture Courtesy John G. Dana

 

1972, barge explosion on the Ohio River the B & O railroad bridge. Picture Courtesy John G. Dana

 

1972, barge explosion on the Ohio River beneath the B & O railroad bridge. Picture Courtesy John G. Dana

 

1972, barge explosion on the Ohio River beneath the B & O railroad bridge. Picture Courtesy John G. Dana

 

Workers use a cutting torch to cut piece of the barge 1972, barge explosion on the Ohio River beneath the B & O railroad bridge. Picture Courtesy John G. Dana

 

Part of the barge That hunk of metal hanging on the bridge is part of one of the gasoline barges which exploded yesterday The explosion occurred under the railroad bridge in the background, sending the meta lover to the automobile span some 200 yards away.

 

Damage Some idea of the damage to the B & 0 bridge over the Ohio River can be had from this photo, showing the buckled rails, twisted road bed and general debris resulting to the mainspan, under which explosion took place. At left is a section of the gasoline barge, with an oil drum welded to it from heat of the explosion. center is a sand drum from the cat walk along the bridge which has been wedged into the wreckage. foreground is an electric cable running along the bridge to lights, and  ropes from the barge are seen dangling at right. In the distance, railroad officials survey the damage. JAN 9TH 1972

 

Pedestrians Only -The Parkersburg Belpre bridge yesterday was opened to pedestrian traffic, but nothing else, pending further inspection. Persons may walk across but no bicycles no motorcycles and no vehicles may use the span under present regulation

 

Fire and Wreckage can be seen on the B and O Railroad Bridge while the last remains of the barge sinks at lower left 

 

Crews are shown raising pieces of the sunken barges following the Jan. 7, 1972, barge explosion on the Ohio River beneath the B & O railroad bridge. A 49 - year-old deck hand on the tug boat Martin and his 15 -year old son were killed in the blast. Damage to the railroad bridge caused closure of that structure for about a year and the traffic span between Parkersburg and Belpre was closed several days for inspection. Businesses on both sides of the river and homes and other structures received damages as a result of the explosion. Investigation of the causes continued for several months.  

 gasoline barge explosions which rocked downtown Parkersburg and Belpre were felt as far away as the Belleville Locks and Dams and even knocked out a window at Ramey's Lakeview Drug Store in the north end of this city. A Parkersburg News composing room employee said the blast even shook up his billiard game being played at Walker 12 miles from the scene. He said balls flew everywhere. Damage estimates are running over the $100,000 mark. and it is thought that it could have been worse if not for the floodwalls protection. Parkersburg police said the front glass was broken out of at least 87 down town stores. That didn't include the urban renewal section. In Belpre police said from 75- 100 private residences and business places were damaged. One of the worst hit was City Hall where the rear door was blown out and the ceiling cracked. Police said a state Inspector had been called in to investigate the damage

the Belpre high school the back wall housing the band room was moved about 3 inches. Lew Pifer of General Glass said 3 crews was working at various Market street locations and said that three more truckloads of men and Materials were on there way from Charlestown. the cost of a average size glass window as used in down town stores is about $250.00 he said. residents were using everything available to sure up their windows. one Belpre man managed to fill his pick up truck with large cardboard sheets just after the blast. nearly all the windows in his house were blown out.

 two boy scout crews under red cross supervision were supplying and helping to install plastic and carboard covering for windows of the elderly or incapacitated persons. the red cross was also supplying food and drink for emergency workers. more then a quarter  of a mile away from the explosions, Alvin Holliday Friendly was visiting his wife Mary Ruth a post surgical patient in room 214 at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital when the blast knocked him from his chair and he suffered a laceration of the left hand from flying glass from a broken window.    

 

 

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