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1992
Auto Alarm, 97A Union Church Rd (Box 19-11)
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Tanker 22 was dispatched to an automatic alarm in Jefferson Township. The tanker responded with a crew of two and was canceled while enroute.
Other Local Incidents (see Note 2)Hide


2008
Vehicle Accident - Route 147 - Halifax TWp., Dauphin Co., PA

2008
Vehicle Accident - Rakers Mill Road - Washington Twp, Dauphin Co, PA

Other Noteworthy Incidents/Events (see Note 3)Hide


1690
Schenectady Burned by French and Indian Troops - Schenectady, NY

1931
Coal Mine Explosion - Fushun, Liaoning, China
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A gas explosion and fire in a coal mine in Fushun, in the Manchuria area of China, killed 3,000 people on February 8, 1931.
1945
Loebel?s Restaurant Fire - Berlin, Germany

1975
Train vs Bus Accident - Mexico City, Mexico
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On February 8, 1975, a freight train struck an overcrowded bus at a railroad crossing near Mexico City, Mexico. Twenty-nine people died and 28 others were injured.
1981
Venus Circus Fire - Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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Sixty-six people, mostly children, were killed in a circus fire in Bangalore, India, on February 8, 1981. Fire swept the main tent of the Venus Circus, sending it crashing down in flames onto a crowd of about 4,000 people and setting off a stampede toward the exits. Very few children were killed by the fire - they were trampled to death. Several bodies were charred beyond recognition.
1993
GM Sued NBC Over Rigged Fires - Indiana
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In November, 1992, "Dateline NBC" broadcast a report that purported to show a General Motors truck bursting into flames as a result of a collision. The report dealt with accusations that GM trucks with "side saddle" gas tanks - tanks mounted outside the vehicle's frame - were unsafe. On February 8, 1993, General Motors sued NBC, saying the report was defamatory because "sparking devices" (tiny rockets) were used to create the fires. GM charged that by setting off the rockets, but not disclosing them, "Dateline NBC" produced a horrifying picture of a burning truck that unfairly damaged the company's reputation. NBC Settled the lawsuit the next day, saying the test was Inappropriate." A three and a half minute apology was made on the February 9, 1993, edition of "Dateline NBC". The hosts read three GM assertions of factual error by NBC, at the end of each saying that NBC officials "do not dispute" the assertion. They concluded the statements saying, "This unscientific demonstration was not representative of an actual side-impact collision." It was explained in greater detail, "Specifically NBC's contractors did put incendiary devices under the trucks to insure there would be a fire if gasoline were released from the gas tank." Harry J. Pearce, general counsel and executive vice president of GM, said, "We have reviewed the statement and we accept it." He said that GM would drop the lawsuit and that the network would reimburse GM for the cost of the investigation and had agreed not to use the crash scenes again.

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Notes

1.The section of calls we've responded to has been compiled from fire company records, newspapers, and other sources. Listings for years prior to 1981 might be incomplete.
2.The listing of local incidents is for incidents that happened around our local area, including some from Lykens for which the fire company was not dispatched. It is certainly not a complete listing, and is not intended to be. It is included here for your entertainment. Incidents listed here have been gathered from public sources.
3.The listing of other noteworthy incidents includes incidents from anywhere outside our local area (for which we were not dispatched). Also included in this section are historical events from our fire company, Lykens, or around the world. It is certainly not a complete listing, and is not intended to be. It is included here for your entertainment. Incidents and events listed here have been gathered from public sources.
4.These lists can be filtered. Use the control section above to activate or de-activate filtering. Filtering will not affect the list of incidents we've responded to. But, it will be applied to both the other lists.

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