Torches and leaking gas tanks don't mix

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Hollie Newton
Aug 14, 2014

50 years ago, 1964: An explosion which ripped out the west wall of the service department at Sandusky Motor Sales, 610 E. Perkins Ave., caused damage estimated in excess of $75,000. The blast, which hurled one employee more than 20 feet, was caused, according to fire officials, by an acetylene cutting torch which set fire to gasoline leaking from a tank.

25 years ago, 1989: Thousand of Elvis Presley fans made their annual pilgrimage to Memphis for nine days of events celebrating the late rock 'n' roll star turned American cultural icon.

10 years ago, 2004: Lindsay Lohan, who had just turned 18, collected a leading four awards at the 2004 Teen Choice Awards held at the Universal Amphitheater. Lohan won awards for best movie actress in a comedy, best movie hissy fit and best movie blush for her part in "Mean Girls." She also won best movie breakout star actress.