KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It's been 31 years since an explosion claimed the lives of six Kansas City firefighters. Thomas Fry, Gerald Halloran, Luther Hurd, James Kilventon Jr., Robert D. McKarnin and Michael Oldham - were killed in a massive early-morning explosion at a construction site near 71-Highway in southeast Kansas City.
Friday, November 29, 2019
Kansas City Firefighter Deadly Explosion Tragedy Remembered
One of the worst events in local history happened 31 years ago today. . . Many Southland residents still remember hearing and feeling tremors from the massive blast that would serve to shape KCMO for a generation. Check this tribute article that doesn't really mention how the horrific episode inspired an even more dangerous prosecution of a bunch of low-income lowlifes who didn't have anything to do with the calamity but were still locked up without much evidence in the name of "closure" and so this town could forget all but the most sentimental details. Check-it: