Date: April 16, 1947
Description: A view of damaged buildings near the refinery area after the explosion. An gravel or shell one-lane roadway crosses the lower portion of the picture, running in front of a wire fence with an open walkway. One wooden structure has collapsed with the roofing framework tilted to the ground on the left. A large section of wooden wall leans against the lower right edge of the roof. Behind is another wooden structure leaning to the left. In the middle of the picture, a one-story brick (or faux brick) structure stands with windows blown out and the roof caved in at the front. Behind these structures are round petroleum storage tanks, several of which have large clouds of very black smoke rising from them. At the left can be seen a number of refinery structures, a tower and overhead pipelines. Heavy black smoke is coming from within the refinery compound. Two cars are visible at the far left. A large piece of metal and other debris lies in the grass in front of the access road with a small toy truck in the foreground. An overturned barrel lies near the fence.
Contributing Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library