“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Villa Rica in Carroll County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Villa Rica Explosion

Villa Rica Explosion Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, December 8, 2007
1. Villa Rica Explosion Marker
Inscription. Around 11:00 a.m. on December 5, 1957, a natural gas leak under Berry’s Pharmacy caused an explosion that destroyed four buildings and damaged several others in Villa Rica’s downtown. The explosion killed twelve and injured twenty. The tragedy highlighted the need for both an organized local emergency response unit and the use of odor in the natural gas supply. The civil defense unit that resulted became a model for west Georgia. Ensuing litigation placed a considerable financial burden on the city, suppressing economic development for years. In terms of injury and loss of life, the explosion remains the most catastrophic event in Carroll County history.
Erected 2007 by Georgia Historical Society, City of Villa Rica, and Villa Rica Downtown Development Authority. (Marker Number 22-1.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 33° 43.895′ N, 84° 55.178′ W. Marker is in Villa Rica, Georgia, in Carroll County. Marker is at the intersection of Bankhead Highway (U.S. 78) and South Candler Street, on the left when traveling west on Bankhead Highway. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 130 Montgomery Street, Villa Rica GA 30180, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Freedom Riders (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Thomas A. Dorsey (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Grove (approx. 3.5 miles away); Vansant Brothers (approx. 9.8 miles away); Douglas County (approx. 9.8 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 9.8 miles away); Left of the Confederate Line (approx. 12.1 miles away); Rt. of Federal Line May 26 -June 1, 1864 (approx. 12.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Villa Rica.
Categories. 20th CenturyNotable Events
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,219 times since then and 77 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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