Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Accra Pac Plant explodes on Jan. 7, 1976. (Truth photo by Chet Gebert) (Truth File Photo by Chet Gebert)
HISTORY IN HEADLINES: Explosion at the Accra Pac Plant

Posted on Jan. 14, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.

"It looked like an atom bomb had gone off," described Larry Tebo, a staff photographer for The Elkhart Truth who witnessed the destruction following several explosions and a fire on Jan. 7, 1976 at Accra Pac Inc.

Five died and more than 50 were injured from the disaster caused by a propane leak in the charging room of the plant. Roger Kindy, formerly with the Elkhart Fire Department recalls the day with calm clarity 38 years later. He had only been promoted to fire chief a week before the blast. "It was something that you never forget."

In this first installment of our monthly online series "History in Headlines," The Elkhart Truth looks back at the disaster at Accra Pac Inc. in Elkhart.