1972 Bomb Shelter Explosion

1972 Bomb Shelter Explosion

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Greg Biddix

Concord, NC

#1 Mar 3, 2007
Do you have any archives on this subject?
Janice

Kings Mountain, NC

#2 Jun 10, 2010
I don't have any archives, but I remember it happening very well. I was in the 4th grade and Michael Powell and Bea Picou were in my class. I recall hearing the sound of what I thought was a shotgun blast behind my house (I lived on Griffin Ave., a few blocks NW of the Old Valdese High School (later Jr. High - now a deserted eye-sore). It seems like it was about 7 p.m. or so. I didn't know what had happened right away, but we were all, understandably, shaken to our cores. There were no school counselors that came in at the time. We just tried to hang onto each other as we had memorials to the lost kids.

Do you mind if I ask why you have the interest. Your name sounds almost familiar. Are you from Valdese?
ponderstibbons

Morganton, NC

#3 Feb 21, 2011
Greg Biddix wrote:
Do you have any archives on this subject?
this may help you. I lived close to this and remember the event as one that shook the whole town to its very soul. I still remember where I was when it happened. http://www3.gendisasters.com/north-carolina/1...
Leonard Medlin

Chapel Hill, NC

#4 Dec 20, 2012
Janice wrote:
I don't have any archives, but I remember it happening very well. I was in the 4th grade and Michael Powell and Bea Picou were in my class. I recall hearing the sound of what I thought was a shotgun blast behind my house (I lived on Griffin Ave., a few blocks NW of the Old Valdese High School (later Jr. High - now a deserted eye-sore). It seems like it was about 7 p.m. or so. I didn't know what had happened right away, but we were all, understandably, shaken to our cores. There were no school counselors that came in at the time. We just tried to hang onto each other as we had memorials to the lost kids.
Do you mind if I ask why you have the interest. Your name sounds almost familiar. Are you from Valdese?
Janice, I lived on Griffen Ave. as well. I was on the ball field behind the Old Rock School when the explosion occurred. I was school friends with Reginia Robinson. I should know you but can't place your last name. I lived across the street from the Street's residence. I read in another post Kenneth Brinkley had passed. Do you know what happened?
C Perrou Earley

Asheville, NC

#5 Nov 20, 2013
I remember it very well. Jean Garrou (the daughter of the bomb shelter owner) and I were friends and had piano lessons together. She invited me to her home that day and I had to decline because my parents wouldn't let me go. I was playing in the front yard of our home when we felt the earth shake. It was terrible. Michael Powells parents were also friends of my mother and his mom never recovered from this. The Robinson twins were brother and sister to one of my classmates Delaney. In response to the other writer, I think Kenneth comitted suicide.
John Moran

Mount Juliet, TN

#6 Jan 30, 2014
I lived on messer road and still remember hearing the explosion. I was only 8 yrs old.

Since: Dec 13

Morganton, NC

#7 Jan 31, 2014
I was in the fifth grade at Valdese when this happened. I was a Boy Scout in Troop 193 off of Flat Gap exit, so was Delaney Robinson. Delaney's dad was an assistant Scout Master at the time. We were all at the scout hut at the time of the explosion. Felt the ground shake and also heard the sound. Everyone thought a tanker truck had wrecked on I -40. Very tragic time for lots of families .

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