Series 0291.08 - The Dawson Creek Explosion

Dawson Creek Explosion-wreckage Livery Barn After the Blast View From Main Street Bunkhouse Damage Dawson Creek Co-operative Union Wreckage Still Smoking View From the Street Hole in Barn Roof Another View of the Blast Site Searching the Wreckage
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The Dawson Creek Explosion

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CA GPR 0291-0291.08

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  • 1943 (Creation)

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18 photographs

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(1914-2008)

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On February 15, 1943, a dynamite explosion and resulting fire threatened to destroy Dawson Creek's main business section along the rail line. The blasts threw stock piles of materials into the air, flying debris caused many injuries, and the fire destroyed equipment and buildings. The U.S. army took over control of fighting the fires and the Red Cross established an emergency hospital ward in its club house. By Sunday five people were known dead and army personel were engaged in keeping people away from blast-damaged buildings. The photographs show the extent of the destruction and some of the clean up. Photographs are identified on the back.

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0291.08

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South Peace Regional Archives

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