Gathering marks 50 years since deadly Terre Haute blast

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Dozens of people gathered to mark the 50th anniversary of an explosion at a Terre Haute meat packing plant that killed 17 workers.

The group included survivors of the 1963 Home Packing Co. blast and relatives of those killed. The more than 50 people held hands in a circle at the business site as some spoke to the group, which also sang "Amazing Grace" and other songs.

Carl Bender took part in a balloon release, letting one go in honor of his father, who died in the explosion. Bender tells the Tribune-Star that it doesn't seem like the explosion happened so long ago.

The explosion imploded one-third of the two-story brick meat processing plant near the city's downtown. In addition to those killed, more than 50 workers were injured.

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