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Throwback Thursday: Rochester explosion heard for miles

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The night of February 8, 1912, proved a fateful one for Charles Postier and his family. 

After spending the day at a friend's in Oronoco, Postier and his family returned to their home in Kalmar. 

Two of Postier's hired men and one of his sons went into the basement to put carbide in the tank of their acetylene lighting system, and just moments later the house exploded.

The explosion, which could be felt a quarter of a mile away and heard three miles distant, left all nine of the people in the house injured, three so severely that they would eventually succumb to their injuries.

 This image from a postcard was also published in the February 16, 1912, edition of the Olmsted County Democrat, and shows that there was little left of the house to be salvaged.

The photo comes from the archives at the History Center of Olmsted County. 

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