Seattle, WA Gas Explosion, Jul 1950

SEATTLE BLAST FATAL TO MAN.

Seattle, July 14. (AP) - A violent underground gas explosion killed one person, injured more than a dozen others and damaged several buildings in a South side business area today.
The blast occurred at 5:35 a.m. in the basement under the Seaport Tavern and the New Washington Café, at First Avenue South and Washington Street.
Windows were shattered in buildings several blocks away. Sixty feet of sidewalk was ripped out, and glass and debris littered the street.
The known victim was NEIL J. BOLES, 33, Kent, Wash. His body was found lying in a second-story window of the Del Mar Hotel, across the street from the Seaport Tavern. It was not immediately determined whether he had been in the hotel or blown across the street.
Fire department investigators said illuminating gas apparently exploded, from an unexplained cause.

Herald And News Klamath Falls Oregon 1950-07-14