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Residents Feared an Earthquake

TEWKSBURY MA -- For several horrifying seconds a wave of fear gripped residents here and in neighboring communities whose immediate reaction ran from a sneak bombing attack to an earthquake.

A Florence Ave resident said "The blast shook the house though it was going to fall apart". A Tyngsboro resident, on Woodlawn Street exclaimed, "The blast shook the house and rattle the hell our of the windows. I though it was a bomb and braced myself for the next blast".

Headline and Excerpts from various newspapers Courtesy of Ed Kearns CW134, Compilation by SW91 

The Lowell Gas Company Explosion in Tewksbury,  February 9, 1972

A Tewksbury Firefighter was killed, and many more injured

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