From The Archives Of The Lakewood Historical Society

On September 10, 1953, catastrophe struck a one-mile stretch of West 117th St. from Lake Ave. to Berea Rd. A series of explosions believed to have been caused by the ignition of sewer gases caused massive damage to the surrounding buildings, cars, and roadways, leading to one death and more than sixty injuries. Another casualty was the streetcar barn on Madison Ave. The photo on the left was taken shortly before the blasts. The photo on the right shows West 117th St. just south of Madison Ave. after the blasts. Thank you to the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University for the use of the photograph on the right.

Alyse Lamparyk

I am a volunteer member of Lakewood Historical Society's Publicity Committee.

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Volume 13, Issue 18, Posted 9:26 PM, 09.19.2017