#TBT from the NFPA Archives:  destruction from dust explosion at Pekin, IL processing plant, 1924

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From the NFPA Quarterly v. 17, no. 4, 1924

"Forty-two men were killed and twenty-two were injured in this explosion of starch dust in a plant at Pekin, Illinois on January 3, 1924.  Rescue work, in process when this picture was taken, was handicapped by the low temperature, 20 below zero, on the morning following the explosion.  The force of the explosion is indicated by the ruins of the three-story brick building which formerly stood in the open space in the foreground."