Looking Back: 2 oil tanks exploded during a thunderstorm

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 8, 2020

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We will get back to the regular Looking Back with this week’s column and still 30 years ago.
A 14-year-old youth was arrested and charged with the shooting of a 15 year old in a housing project on Patterson Street in Atmore. The injured boy was in stable condition.
A car belonging to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department was destroyed by fire. A heavy rain made for some problems with driving conditions. The K-9 unit was on its way to assist a motorist when a small explosion came from under the hood and the vehicle went up in flames.
J.T. Raley, a resident of Andalusia, became a candidate for a place on the democratic ballot to try to replace Sen. Crum Foshee.
Two oil tanks exploded during a thunderstorm and set off a chain reaction near Huxford that kept firefighters busy for hours. Lightning was believed to be responsible.
A fire off Hwy. 21 was being investigated as being a possible case of arson.
The Strand Theatre was showing “Look Who’s Talking” starring John Trevolta and Kirstie Alley.
The business of Guys and Dolls Salon had the front of the salon broken when a car collided with an 18-wheeler. The truck bounced off and hit the front of the hair salon. The owner just happened to have gone to the back of the salon and escaped getting hit.
Accused teacher from Atmore, James Robert Mooney, quit his job but refused to admit guilt and insisted he was an innocent man.
Construction began on a new Big B drug store on South Main Street.
It was announced that Atmore had been awarded the title of the purple martin capital. There are so many purple martin birds in the area that they are given the distinction of warding off mosquitoes. If they do that we should all put up purple martin houses.
The Census Bureau was needing around 40 people to count residents in Escambia County.
The Atmore Police were searching for a suspect that robbed the Delta Mart on North Main Street and possibly another business.

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