On the morning of July 16, 1954, Kent Manufacturing, a locally owned business which had made munitions for the government and fireworks after the war, suffered a massive explosion. Blasts went on for over thirty minutes and a huge fire followed. When everything was over, eleven local residents had died. Despite the shock of this event, it was not the first of its kind in Chestertown. Local production of fireworks goes back to 1920.
Join us June 3 at the Bordley History Center, 301 High Street at 4 PM and learn more about the local history of the munitions industry. Programs start promptly so be on time to be sure to have a seat.