If you lived in Las Vegas on May 4, 1988, you will likely remember where you were when PEPCON exploded.
The Pacific Engineering and Production Co. of Nevada produced ammonium perchlorate which was used to help fuel the NASA space shuttles and Titan missiles.
Shortly before noon on May 8, there was a series of explosions that demolished the plant, ruptured a nearby gas pipeline, and also destroyed another nearby plant that made marshmallows.
Two people were killed. The majority of employees made it out of the plant after the first explosion which was minor in comparison to the other explosions. It was later determined that sparks from a welder's torch ignited some ammonium perchlorate.
Numerous buildings and homes were damaged with costs estimated at $74 million.
The plant was rebuilt in Utah... Read More