Reno Blasts Destroy Entire City Block
A series of three tremendous explosions shattered and set on fire a downtown business block in Reno, Nev., at 1:03 p.m. on Tuesday, February 3. Debris was hurled hundreds of feet in the air while flames spread to every building in the block. Two persons were killed and over 50 injured, including six members of the Reno Fire Department. Fire Captain Andrew Anderson was critically hurt. Inspectors of the Sierra Pacific Power Company, called to investigate gas odor, warned the people that an explosion was imminent. It was reported that the death and injury toll would have been much greater if the warning had not been given. Damage was estimated at over $3 million.