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     September 27, 2019      #2D-270 SsK
 
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The front page of the Kankakee Republican-News on June 5, 1942, delivered details of the explosion that had rocked the community in the early morning hours. Forty-eight workers, 14 of them from Kankakee County, were killed.

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Jack Klasey: 1942 Explosion killed 14 locals 

Jack Klasey: Explosión de 1942 mató a 14 lugareños

By Jack Klasey

At 2:45 a.m. June 5, 1942, Kankakee firefighters were dispatched to deal with a reported explosion in a vacant building at 192 S. East Ave. They found a shattered window, but no other sign of a blast.

There had been an explosion, however — at the Elwood Ordnance Plant, a gigantic munitions factory located more than 20 miles to the northwest of Kankakee. Shock waves from the explosion were felt as far away as Waukegan, Ill., and Gary, Ind. In Kankakee, display windows were broken at a number of downtown stores, and hundreds of area residents called police after being shaken out of a sound sleep.

By Jack Klasey

At 2:45 a.m. June 5, 1942, Kankakee firefighters were dispatched to deal with a reported explosion in a vacant building at 192 S. East Ave. They found a shattered window, but no other sign of a blast.

There had been an explosion, however — at the Elwood Ordnance Plant, a gigantic munitions factory located more than 20 miles to the northwest of Kankakee. Shock waves from the explosion were felt as far away as Waukegan, Ill., and Gary, Ind. In Kankakee, display windows were broken at a number of downtown stores, and hundreds of area residents called police after being shaken out of a sound sleep.

Por Jack Klasey

A las 2:45 de la mañana del 5 de junio de 1942, los bomberos de Kankakee fueron enviados a lidiar con una explosión reportada en un edificio vacante en 192 S. East Ave. Encontraron una ventana rota, pero ninguna otra señal de explosión.

Sin embargo, hubo una explosión: en la planta de municiones de Elwood, una gigantesca fábrica de municiones ubicada a más de 20 millas al noroeste de Kankakee. Las ondas de choque de la explosión se sintieron tan lejos como Waukegan, Illinois, y Gary, Indiana. En Kankakee, los escaparates de las tiendas del centro se rompieron, y cientos de ...

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To commemorate the men who died in the June 5, 1942, explosion, this statue was erected in 2001. It was financed by a fundraising campaign conducted by Elmo Younger, of Morris, a former Elwood worker. The statue's pedestal is engraved with the names of the 48 men who died in the 1942 explosion and s

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