Historical marker dedicated to Home Packing Company explosion from 1963


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Where Indiana State University’s new track and field facility stands is a piece of history and on Thursday the Terre Haute community came together to remember that.

January 2, 1963 was a day that changed Terre Haute forever. An explosion at the Home Packing Company killed 17 people and seriously injured others. It is known as the worst industrial accident in the area.

On Thursday IUS honored the lives lost, and those affected, by dedicating the historical marker to the tragedy.

“I remember that and the trauma it brought to us… I do get rather emotional about it so I try not to think about it in those terms, especially now, 52 years, 53 years later, however long it has been…,” stated Carl Bender, son of worker killed in explosion. “It’s still hard to forget that day.”

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