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Remembering the blast that rattled Mass. in 1954

Meteor in Russia sparks memories of local sonic boom

It is a moment that John S. Lewis remembers well, nearly 60 years ago, when a “powerful blast wave” rocked his Melrose neighborhood.

“Two tremendous explosions that seemed to come from everywhere turned this city of 27,000 into a madhouse at 5:47 tonight,” the Globe report­ed on Aug. 30, 1954.

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