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From the Archives: Orbit Inn Explosion

Wed, May 12, 2010 (11:49 a.m.)

“From the Archives” is an occasional gallery of photos culled from the Las Vegas Sun photo archives. These photos, taken by long-time Sun photographer Ken Jones, are from a January 7, 1967 explosion at the Orbit Inn at Fremont and 7th. January 7, 1967. Richard James Paris, a 28-year-old Army deserter, committed suicide by firing a handgun into a pile of dynamite, also killing his wife Christine and four others. Read the full story from the explosion here.

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  1. okay. So why was there a pile of dynamite?

  2. guess we'll never know...

  3. 1969 - Viet Nam era - lax regulations.

  4. In those day many people were miners so you could acquire dynamite, another of are liberties gone.I remember the occasion but it was nothing compared to Pepcon blowing up.

  5. Yuo can't get dynamite anymore? Well, at least you can still get Tannerite, but then you need a high-power rifle to set it off. God Bless America!

  6. Very interesting. Who are those guys in the picture?

  7. After reading the comments on this photo gallery, we decided to go find the original story from the Las Vegas Sun about this incident. Not sure it will answer the questions some of you have posed, but here is the original story from the Jan. 8, 1967 edition of the Sun:

    (BTW -- this story was much more graphic than I thought it would be.)

  8. Interesting archive article. Thanks.

  9. Thanks for the full story. Very interesting.

  10. I think the sargent in the photo may be Mr.Wayne Anderson. He retired in 1974 from LVMPD...He died in sept.of 2005...I miss the guy.

  11. My Dad was Capt. Wayne Littlefield, LVFD, who was one of the Firefighters who fought this fire. He fought at every major Las Vegas fire and was highly commended for his bravery from 1957 to 1984. RIP Dad, I was always proud of you and you EARNED every penny in wages they paid you!

  12. in this era, dittoheads were listening to Joe Pine and other nut talkers...guess we still have crazies inspired by talk radio e.g. Austin IRS attack

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