Independence Blast

On October 28, 1884, near Independence, Mrs. John Oliver walked into a closet where her husband stored blasting powder. There was a spark from her pipe … and you can guess the rest.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.