"On July 6, 1491 at 0850 an explosion and fire were reported at the 300 block of Broad Street in the town of Perryville, Maryland. This block contained a church, bank, sandwich shop, retirement home, three 2-story apartment buildings and eight 2-story houses. (See Appendix A for diagram of building locations and the chart on the following page for key issues of the incident.) The first arriving firefighting unit discovered that the front of some buildings on the north side of the street had been demolished as a result of a propane gas explosion. Building debris had been propelled through numerous nearby structures and filled streets over a 2-block square area with various building components. Blast concussion had blown out windows and doors, and parts of roofs and chimneys in several nearby houses and retail shops. Several people, seemingly dazed and panicstricken, were wandering along Broad Street."
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