1950 South Amboy Explosion
At 7:50 pm South Amboy Mayor John D. Leonard declared a state of emergency and requested help from Governor Alfred E. Driscoll. The state police and military assistance were quickly provided. Fire departments, first aid squads, and Red Cross disaster units, from as far away as Pennsylvania, poured into the stricken city. First aid field units were set up in the streets to provide emergency treatment while nearby hospitals accommodated the more seriously injured. Nearly every one of the 2,700 homes and buildings in South Amboy suffered some damage. Broken glass was extensive. Complete failure of electric power darkened the city. The death toll mounted to 31 with only five bodies identified and more than 350 persons injured. The citizens of South Amboy handled the ordeal remarkably well. Government specialists rushed to the area to access community impact and were greatly
This Historic Marker is a gift to the people of South Amboy from the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, 2013.
Location. 40° 29.077′ N, 74° 16.321′ W. Marker is in South Amboy, New Jersey, in Middlesex County. Marker is on Raritan Reach Road. Touch for map. The marker is behind the houses on the road and located at water's edge on the small boardwalk. Marker is in this post office area: South Amboy NJ 08879, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Air Mail Delivery Flight in New Jersey (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old St. Mary’s High School (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Water Highway (approx. one mile away); The Bluff: Witness to History (approx. one mile away); Ambo Point (approx. one mile away); Raritan Bay & New York Harbor (approx. 1.1 miles away); All Shapes, Sizes and Materials (approx. 1.1 miles away); Elizabeth Lawrence (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Amboy.
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