Weigeltown, PA Bazooka Shell Explosion, Aug 1957
4 BOYS KILLED IN EXPLOSION OF BAZOOKA SHELL.
York, Pa., Aug. 11 (AP) -- Four boys -- two pairs of brothers -- were killed by the explosion of a bazooka shell as they played "war" with the missile in a backyard near this central Pennsylvania city.
The victims were GARY, 15, and JOSEPH WEAVER, 10, and LYNN, 10, and STEPHEN BAKER, 9.
The WEAVER boy's grandfather JONAS JACOBS, 76, who was sitting on a porch of the WEAVER farmhouse at nearby Weigeltown, was injured by the blast yesterday.
Police said the shell was believed to have been a souvenir of a visit the WEAVERS paid to a soldier son, Donald at Ft. Bragg, N.C., two weeks ago.
Officers said GARY climbed a tree in the yard of the home and dropped the shell to the ground from a height of about 12 feet. The other three youngsters were killed instantly and GARY died at a York hospital shortly afterward.
JACOBS was reported in satisfactory condition at the West Osteopathic Hospital in York.
The fathers of the boys, LEON WEAVER and DAVID BAKER, were fixing a television antenna on the roof of the WEAVER home when the explosion occurred. Neither was hurt.
Two other shells were found at the blast scene. WEAVER said he was unaware the shells had been brought back from the Ft. Bragg visit.
The bazooka shells are capable of piercing tank armor. The explosion shattered windows of the WEAVER home, scattered debris all over the yard and was heard five miles away.
There was no immediate explanation of how the shells were removed from Ft. Bragg, but it was reported unofficially that an investigation is planned at the military base.
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