Wednesday, May 4, 2011

PEPCON: twenty-three years later

Twenty-three years ago today, I was standing in my elementary school cafeteria when we felt the building shake. I watched one of the teachers grab onto a table for balance. Everyone rushed out the double doors to the courtyard where we watched plumes of smoke rise into the sky. Most Las Vegas natives have similar stories of where they were when the PEPCON blast occurred. The explosion also took out the Kidd Marshmallow plant. This seemed to be the bigger tragedy among my elementary school cohorts.

(Hat tip to my friend and fellow Vegas local, Steve Gomez, for the video link.)

1 comment:

Molly said...

Holy cow. Holy. Cow. That's a big explosion.