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The week in history: March 18-24

Photos Logo Photos | Slide 1 of 35: (Original Caption) 1937-New London, TX- A view of the wreckage of the Consolidated High School, showing how the force of the blast that blotted out hundreds of young lives twisted the masonry of the school into unrecognizable debris. The bodies of nearly 500 children had been recovered from the ruins when this picture was made, and the work of combing the debris for more bodies and possible trapped survivors was being frantically continued.

March 18, 1937: A Texas school explosion kills over 300

In one of the deadliest disasters in the U.S., nearly 300 students and teachers at a school in New London, Texas, U.S. were killed when a natural gas leak caused a massive explosion in the premises. 

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