3/29/1929 the 1st state law banning public use of fireworks was enacted by the Michigan Legislature making it a criminal misdemeanor for individuals to light a firecracker without a permit.
3/29/1921 a Chicago, IL fireworks explosion killed eight and injured seventy-five. Between two and three tons of explosives (fireworks) were stored in a warehouse in the rear of 1427-1429 South Halsted Street; “storing of explosives within the city limits is a violation of law.”
3/29/1953 the Littlefield Nursing home predawn fire killed thirty-four patients and a nurse in Largo, FL. The fire spread rapidly through the 185’ one-story wood frame structure, twenty-five residents escaped. “The fire started in an area of the kitchen and supply room.”
3/29/1939 a Chicago, IL firefighter was fatally injured while fighting a fire at the Berger Brothers, Inc., charcoal yard at 1176 Cherry Street. “The fire started in a corrugated steel charcoal storage building, and firefighters were protecting an exposure building from the flames when a watchman for the company opened a hopper into the steel building. The rush of air ignited the charcoal dust in the building, and massive flames exploded out of the doors and windows. Nine firefighters, including the victim, and the watchman, were burned by the explosion and hospitalized at three area hospitals. He succumbed to his injuries at Alexian Brothers Hospital.”
3/29/1952 two Denver, CO firefighters died while fighting a three-story brick Miller Furniture Company warehouse fire at 1640 Larimer Street. “As firefighter fought the two-alarm blaze from inside and out, a sickening crack and rumble was heard, followed by the collapse of 2 of the floors. The entire center portion of the building then collapsed into the basement, burying several firefighters under tons of rubble, merchandise, and water. Immediate rescue efforts were launched, and the trapped men were removed. It was found that two firefighters had been killed in the collapse. They were venting the roof at the time of the collapse.”
3/29/1970 five City of Corry, PA firefighters died while operating in a fire in a paint store. “Firefighters started an attack in the front door with one 1½-inch line but had to retreat because of the intense heat; meanwhile other firefighters at the rear were laying hose lines, but the lines had not been charged. Then at 9:40 p.m. or about fifteen minutes after the first companies arrived, an explosion blew out both ends of the building, injuring many firefighters at the front and rear of the building. In the rear alley six firefighters were trapped, five were able to free themselves and escaped. One was killed beneath the falling wall. The men who did escape were rushed to a nearby hospital and treated for burns, fractures, and lacerations. At the front of the building the toll was worse. A dozen or more firefighters received injuries and four young firefighters lost their lives when crushed by the fallen front wall. Firefighters and spectators worked hastily to free the trapped victims and get them to the hospital. Many spectators also had to be rushed to the hospital with cuts from flying glass. Eleven pieces of apparatus and an estimated two hundred firefighters were on the scene before the fire was extinguished.”
3/29/2004 a Clearwater, BC, Canada firefighter “was killed and several others injured in an early morning blaze. The fire at the Chuckwagon Restaurant and Pub was spotted and reported by a person delivering newspapers in the area. The fire department received the call shortly after 4:00 a.m. Four firefighters entered the burning building but had to retreat, but two others became trapped inside. One of the trapped firefighters was able to call 911 on his cell phone to assist those on the outside in locating him. Once the fire was contained, a rescue team was sent in, and located the firefighter who had called 911. He was taken to Clearwater Hospital by ambulance, and then transferred to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. The second trapped firefighter was located in the basement, apparently having fallen through the floor. He was removed from the scene and transported to hospital, where he was declared deceased.”
3/29/1922 the Basilica of Ste. Anne de Beaupre, a famous shrine, in Quebec, QB was destroyed by fire.
3/29/1913 the Lake Charles, LA Lebiana Hotel was destroyed by fire at 1:00 a.m.
3/29/1909 the main building of Seton Hall College in South Orange, NJ burned. The fire started in the locker room.
3/29/1907 the Magnolia Stove Works in Memphis, TN was destroyed by fire.
3/29/1907 twenty-two houses, ten Stores and two churches burned in the Newberry, SC conflagration that started in the three-story frame building on Main Street occupied by the furniture store.
3/29/1901 the Richmond, VA Jefferson Hotel was destroyed by fire.
3/29/1951 the “Mad Bomber” detonated a homemade explosive device at Grand Central Station in New York City, startling commuters but injuring no one. “In the next few months, five more bombs were found at landmark sites around New York. Authorities realized that this new wave of terrorist acts was the work of the Mad Bomber…New York’s first experience with the so-called Mad Bomber was on November 16, 1940, when a pipe bomb was left in the Edison building with a note that read, “Con Edison crooks, this is for you.” More bombs were recovered in 1941, each more powerful than the last, until the Mad Bomber sent a note in December stating, “I will make no more bomb units for the duration of the war.” He went on to say that Con Edison, New York’s electric utility company, would be brought to justice in due time…The patriotic Mad Bomber made good on his promise, although he did periodically send threatening notes to the press. After his flurry of activity in 1951, the Mad Bomber was silent until a bomb went off at Radio City Music Hall in 1954. In 1955, the Mad Bomber hit Grand Central Station, Macy’s, the RCA building and the Staten Island Ferry…The police had no luck finding the Mad Bomber, but an investigative team working for Con Ed finally tracked him down. Looking through their employment records, they found that George Peter Metesky had been a disgruntled ex-employee since an accident in 1931. Metesky was enraged that Con Ed refused to pay disability benefits and resorted to terrorism as his revenge.”