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6 Umatilla Chemical Depot workers remembered

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HERMISTON, Ore.—67 years ago an igloo full of bombs exploded at the Umatilla Chemical Depot.  Six people were killed.

KNDU went to a ceremony Monday where the workers who died on Monday, March 21st, 1944 were honored. 

A depot storage igloo contained 264 500-pound conventional bombs.  Four men and a woman were moving the bombs when they exploded. 

"It felt like something really hit the back of the pick-up," says Edith Flower, worked at Depot.

"I was standing and watching a show and all of the sudden boom the back door of the theater blew completely off the hinges," says Frank Harkenrider, worked at Depot.

Those killed were Kenneth Le Roy Fraser, Lance Stultz, William Sanders, Harry Dwight Sever, Hiram Cook, and Alice Wolgamott.

"You never forget someone, a family member, who has lost a life," says Clara Ellen Fraser Brown, daughter of Kenneth Le Roy Fraser.

The accident was the only fatal munitions handling accident in the depot's history.  The cause is still unknown.