Historic Markers Across Georgia

Villa Rica Explosion

Marker ID: GHS 022-1
Location: Located in front of Berry's Pharmacy on U.S. Route 78 in downtown Villa Rica.
County: Carroll
Coordinates: N 33° 43.894    W 084° 55.181
  33.731567    -84.919683
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM3R6T
Villa Rica Explosion Marker  


Around 11:00 a.m. on December 5, 1957, a natural gas leak under Berry´s Pharmacy caused an explosion that destroyed four buildings and damaged several others in Villa Rica´s downtown. The explosion killed twelve and injured twenty. The tragedy highlighted the need for both an organized local emergency response unit and the use of odor in the natural gas supply.

The civil defense unit that resulted became a model for west Georgia. Ensuing litigation placed a considerable financial burden on the city, suppressing economic development for years. In terms of injury and loss of life, the explosion remains the most catastrophic event in Carroll County history.

2007.11 Erected by the Georgia Historical Society, City of Villa Rica, and Villa Rica Downtown Development Authority 22-1