40th anniversary: Kopper Kettle explosion in Auburn still reverberates today

  • Source: Auburn Villager
  • Published: 01/12/2018 07:10 AM

For retired Auburn firefighter Allen McCord, Jan. 15, 1978, began much like any other Sunday morning shift — except the air was bitterly cold and carried the scent of natural gas. McCord made his usual trek up South College Street before taking a right on East Magnolia Avenue and checking the sign at Central Bank on the corner. "The bank thermometer there said 25 degrees. And it got up to like 27 degrees that day," he recalls. "When I came through the intersection there at Gay Street and Mag, I could smell a little natural gas."


We welcome comments from registered users. Comments are solely the responsibility of those who post them; their viewpoints are not endorsed by the Daily Dispatch and DailyDispatch.com. (read more)
ship name
no comments have been added

Sign up to subscribe to custom state Daily Dispatch emails for free

click to subscribe