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Bee history: Freight train blasts shock area

April 29, 1973: A five-hour series of devastating explosions ripped through a bomb-laden freight train near Roseville yesterday like a slow-motion string of giant firecrackers, causing the evacuation of thousands of area residents.

History

Historical footage of the aftermath of San Francisco earthquake of April 18, 1906

Here's an edited version of Library of Congress footage of the aftermath of the San Francisco earthquake of April 18, 1906. The 8.3 magnitude earthquake struck at 5:12 a.m. and was centered along the San Andreas Fault, which slices through coastal California. Most of the cities of central California were badly damaged. San Francisco, with thousands of unreinforced brick buildings - and thousands more closely-spaced wooden Victorian dwellings - was poorly prepared for a major fire. Collapsed buildings, broken chimneys, and a shortage of water due to broken mains led to several large fires that soon coalesced into a city-wide holocaust. The fire swept over nearly a quarter of the city, including the entire downtown area.

Entertainment & Life

Readers share their Bee items, memories

The Sacramento Bee asked readers for their personal Bee memorabilia – and they responded with gusto. Ex-paper carriers prized their rewards, especially starred belt buckles. Here is a sampling of items and excerpts of their memories they offered to share.

Videos

Sacramento Stories: Bomb-laden train explosion in Roseville (April 28, 1973)

This is one in a series of videos looking back at big stories in Sacramento-area history. This one took place on April 28, 1973, when a five-hour series of devastating explosions rip through a bomb-laden freight train near Roseville like a slow-motion string of giant firecrackers, causing the evacuation of thousands of area residents.
Video produced by David Caraccio Video footage courtesy Roseville Historical Society Carnegie Museum
Sacramento Stories: Bomb-laden train explosion in Roseville (April 28, 1973) 3:01

Sacramento Stories: Bomb-laden train explosion in Roseville (April 28, 1973)

Historical footage of the aftermath of San Francisco earthquake of April 18, 1906 3:40

Historical footage of the aftermath of San Francisco earthquake of April 18, 1906

Sacramento's Historic City Cemetery rose garden thrives after controversy 5:40

Sacramento's Historic City Cemetery rose garden thrives after controversy

Auschwitz survivor Bernard Marks: 'I tell this story so we don't repeat it' 3:21

Auschwitz survivor Bernard Marks: 'I tell this story so we don't repeat it'