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Back when a freight train blast shocked the area (and other historic Sacramento events)

By David Caraccio

dcaraccio@sacbee.com

A fireball was the dramatic result when a rail car exploded at the Southern Pacific railyard facility in Roseville on April 28, 1973.
A fireball was the dramatic result when a rail car exploded at the Southern Pacific railyard facility in Roseville on April 28, 1973. Sacramento Bee file

Exactly forty-four years ago, on April 28, 1973, a five-hour series of devastating explosions ripped through a bomb-laden freight train near Roseville like a slow-motion string of giant firecrackers, causing the evacuation of thousands of area residents.

This video, one in a series of looking back at big stories in Sacramento-area history, takes a look back at that day.

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-mo

In case you missed the other videos of historic events. Here's a recap:

This is one in a series of videos looking back at big stories in Sacramento-area history. This one took place on April 4, 1991, after four gunmen took 39 people hostage at a Good Guys electronics store near Florin Mall. This video contains photos

This is one in a series of videos looking back at big stories in Sacramento-area history. This one took place on March 31, 1979, when 13 nuclear protesters scaled the main gate to SMUD’s Rancho Seco plant and were arrested.

This is one in a series of videos looking back at big stories in Sacramento-area history. This one took place on Feb. 18, 1986, when the cofferdam built in preparation for the construction of Auburn Dam collapsed above Folsom Lake.

This is one in a series of videos looking back at big stories in Sacramento-area history. This one took place on Jan. 16, 2001, when a man with a history of mental health problems smashed his big-rig into the south entrance of the state Capitol.

On Sept. 24, 1972, a restored Korean War-era jet lost control on a runway at Executive Airport in Sacramento during an air show, skidded across Freeport Boulevard, crashed into the popular Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor and killed 22 people.

David Caraccio: 916-321-1125, @DavidCaraccio

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