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Archive for Wednesday, August 4, 2010

40 years ago: 13 of 67 fire calls for July in response to incendiary devices

August 4, 2010

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An excellent turnout was expected as Douglas County voters began going to the polls to vote in the primary elections for party nominees for state and county offices.

A report issued by the Lawrence Fire Department showed that 13 of the 67 runs made by the department in July were caused by fire bombs, dynamite, or pipe bombs.

An article outlined the recent changes in mobile home parks, where the homes were no longer referred to as “trailers.” The old versions had been about eight to 10 feet wide, but the newer versions were 12 to 14 feet wide, and some had even incorporated two units joined together to form a “double wide.” Hundreds of new units were expected to soon be available in Lawrence if all the planned new courts and expansion plans at existing courts were carried out.

Hurricane Celia had made landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas, as a strong Category Three hurricane with 145 mph winds, causing several fatalities and wiping out many small towns on its way.

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