02/04/07 275 W - + 9 - 12 Unusual Incidents?

What are some of the more unusual or atypical incidents that have occurred around here, in years or decades past? Such as:

City-wide blackout drills in Raleigh in the 1940s.

Gasoline leaks into gutters, ignites, and damages 15 cars parked along the street in downtown Raleigh. January 29, 1946.

Seaboard passenger train catches fire after collision with heavy equipment in New Hill. No injuries, but burning engine continues to Apex and waiting firefighters. May 6, 1953.

Race riots in downtown Raleigh in April 1968.

Spire atop church in downtown Raleigh shaken loose by strong winds. A firefighter is strapped to the aerial ladder and raised 100 feet to remove the thing. December 1968.

Sniper kills three and wounds eight at North Hills Mall before taking his own life. May 29, 1972.

Plane strikes church steeple and crashes on Ridge Road in Raleigh, killing pilot. June 19, 1977.

Some 200 people become sick at a convention at a hotel on Highway 70 west. More than 100 emergency workers and nine ambulances shuttle patients back and forth between Rex Hospital, Wake Medical Center, and Durham County General Hospital. Rescue squads include Raleigh, Six Forks, Wendell, Cary, Clayton, Butner, Wake EMS, and the private ambulance service Medical Transport. June 30, 1977.

Man kills himself and estranged wife with bomb at law office in Cary. May 11, 1978.

Rex Hospital moves. Rescue squads assist with transporting 168 patients. September 28, 1980.

Gunman holds woman and two children hostage on Amtrak train at station in Raleigh. Woman and one child subsequently killed. October 8-11, 1982.

Balloon strikes television tower support cables and crashes. Three killed. June 11, 1989.

Television tower collapses in Garner after ice storm. No injures. December 1989.

Runaway hot-air balloon crashes at Millbrook and Green roads in Raleigh. No injuries. May 1, 1992.

Back around 1974-5, there were a couple of canoers trapped in the swollen Neuse River at Falls. An army helicopter was finally called in to rescue them. Several agencies were involved, including Wake Forest Rescue, Cary Area Rescue, and Falss FD. Trivia- the army helicopter had to use Cary’s basket stretcher for the rescue. It was the only Ferno ‘plastic’ stretcher around, and everyone consdiered this essential for the rescue. Everyone else (Raleigh was the only other agency in Wake County with a basket) had the wire mesh type.
DJ - 02/04/07 - 10:06

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