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The Roseville Rail yard where the 1973 explosions took place was not owned by Union Pacific. The new owners began to remodel the yard by moving traks and other structures. Soon after beginning, the heavy equipment came across many unexploded bombs from the earlier accident. As the area was excavated, new bombs were uncovered and detonated on-site. When homeowners in surrounding areas began to complain about the explosions and some bomb fragments finding their way into nearby homes, the undetonated bombs were then sent to the Bay area to a weapons disposal company. Since this time, no new bombs have been found and the area has been deemed clear and safe from unexploded bombs.

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1973, April 28
Antelope Erased
On this date, an historic event took place that forever changed Antelope. At 8:03 a.m., aircraft bombs in a railroad car exploded in the Roseville switch yard. The train was enroute to Port Chicago in Contra Costa County with 7,000 aircraft bombs and liquefied petroleum in tanker cars. The strong blasts were felt in Sacramento where the state Capitol building was closed because of worry that the capitol dome had shifted from the bombs. Luckily no one was killed in the explosions, but great damage was done to Antelope and surrounding areas.

This page is for perpetual written accounts of historical events that have occurred in the city. Anyone who feels they have pertinent information may submit it. This includes all people in or out of Antelope and could involve any interested adults or children with events or items that are of interest. Items may be submitted for publication on this page where they will remain as part of a historical archive for the city. Items of interest may include noteworthy events, special events of historical importance, information about area growth that pertains to the history of the city, and other pertinent notes. We hope to establish a large data base of information about the history of each city. Historical Societies are encouraged to open their own page on Key to the City for more extensive historical information.

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