Major fires, explosions, mine accidents and other North Jersey disasters of the 20th century will be brought back to life through a Morris County Historical Society exhibit at its Morristown museum.
The photo-driven exhibit takes a look at 12 fires, mine accidents, explosions, aircraft crashes and disasters from 1910 to 1989. Titled "Up in Smoke: Northern New Jersey’s Worst Man-Made Disasters," the exhibit will be on display through April 26, 2020, at Acorn Hall on Morris Avenue in Morristown.
With the exhibit open, we combed through old newspapers to look back at six significant 20th-century disasters across Bergen, Passaic and Morris counties.
The Kingsland explosion took place during World War I at the munitions factory in Lyndhurst on Jan. 11, 1917. The fire at the sprawling munitions plant in the Meadowlands sent hundreds fleeing from their homes under a rain of 3-inch shells.