Indianapolis, IN Fairgrounds Coliseum Explosion, Oct 1963
WILSON CORN, 3221 S. Reed Rod., remarked: "The explosion was not really loud, it sounded more like a big thud, then the debris started falling and we heard a few screams. The flame looked like a big tourch[sic] spewing out and lighting up the building."
WALTER MEAD, 805 Maplewood Dr., Kokomo's controller, said he had left the building with his wife a few minutes before the explosion. "I remarked 'That sounds like a clap of thunder' but then I saw skaters running and when I started back I met a woman who said a section of the seats had collapsed."
MRS. WILLIAM (CLARICE) BACHE, 1933 S. Armstrong St., said,"I thought at first that it was part of the act, and my second thought, was that it will happen again."
A number of Kokomo High School teachers and their families were in attendance at the show. They included MR. AND MRS. FRED MUSTARD, 1314 W. Sycamore St., and their daughter, JODY, of Indianapolis; MR. AND MRS. CORN; MISS LILA SILL of Kokomo R. R. 1; MR. AND MRS. EVERETT MASON, 1741 S. Indiana Ave.; MR. AND MRS. LESTER; MISS BARNGROVER; MISS EVELYN VOIGTSCHILD, 219 E. Bouleveard; MR. AND MRS. NORMAN KERR, 1011 S. Washington St.; MR. AND MRS. RUSSELL VOGUS of Russiaville; and MR. AND MRS. HAROLD LEGG. MRS. LEGG formerly taught here.
Others from this area attending were MR. AND MRS. HAROLD BUGG of Greentown; MR. AND MRS. CARL THATCHER, 2508 S. Wabash Ave., MRS. EVELYN SAUL and her nephew, LARRY, 1527 S. Courtland Ave.; MRS. PAUL AIKMAN, 613 N. Indiana Ave.; MR. AND MRS. WALTER SALSBERRY of Kokomo R. R. 2; MR. AND MRS. GEORGE LUCAS, 307 W. Firmin St.; MR. AND MRS. EARL FYE, Kokomo R. R. 5; MR. AND MRS. EVERETT MASON, 1741 S. Indiana Ave.; MR. AND MRS. AUSTIN BAKER, 907 S. Armstrong St.; MR. AND MRS. SIDNEY HALL, 1229 W. Mulberry St.; MR. AND MRS. FRANK JULOW, former Kokomoans now living in Lafayette; MR. AND MRS. BARRY PETERSON, 509 James Dr.; MR. AND MRS. STOECKINGER; and MR. AND MRS. WHITLEY who live on Ind. 18, west of U. S. 31.
The Kokomo Tribune Indiana 1963-11-01
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