On January 27, 1953, an explosion causedby a natural gas leak killed ten peopleand destroyed five buildings on thenorthern half of this block. The fivebuildings destroyed were Platt's Drug Store,the Jones Electric Company (the site ofthe explosion), R.W. McCreary's, theDiana Shop, and Liles Drug Company (theformer site of Hahn Grocery for many years).The Holley Building and the others to thesouth, sustained damage, but survived theblast. The ten local citizens (nine fromAiken and one from Graniteville) killedin the accident are here remembered. They are David O. Rutland, Emille C. McCarter, John C. Watson, CharlesNelson Long, Mrs. W.M. Duncan, JohnHenry "Jack" Neibling, "Bubba" Mosley,Jack Holley, Ruth Madry, and Mae Weeks.