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Robert Kelly

20 years later, Perryville explosion remembered

Perryville explosion July 6, 1991

The morning of July 6, 1991, started like any other summer Saturday in Perryville.

Within hours, however, the downtown of the small waterfront community would resemble a scene which many would later describe as right out of the burning oil fields and the rubble of Kuwait, where the Gulf War, aka Desert Storm, had been waged just a few months earlier.

Shortly after 9 a.m., an explosion and resulting fire leveled three Perryville buildings and damaged 20 others along one side of the 300 block of Broad Street near town hall and the train station.

The holocaust killed a resident of one of the buildings, injured 34 others and displaced about 100 people. Damage was estimated...