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The La Follette Firework Explosion, 20 Years Later

It has been 20 years since an industrial accident in Tennessee took the lives of four workers in La Follette, Tennessee. The accident occurred at Pyro Shows Inc., a fireworks factory, in June 1997, leaving behind twisted metal and debris. The explosion was so powerful that everyone in town heard it, and most could see its towering smoke cloud; it even knocked an entire church off its foundation. Some nearby believed that the deafening sound and concussive blast came from a plane crash. Windows around the city blew out. 20 years later, witnesses describe their memories of an unbelievable scene of destruction. One witness, who had been sitting in his car across from the blast, even waved as one of the men who was killed entered the building moments before the explosion. 200 yards away, another man and his son were standing in their front yard when the blast occurred,…
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