NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
11th July, 1978 : Nearly 200 holidaymakers were killed today when a liquid gas tanker exploded in the middle of a crowded camp-site on the Spanish coast. Among 200 injured are many who are so badly burned they are not expected to survive. Most had been lazing in their swimwear in the afternoon sun. Some victims, who include British tourists, were hurled 100 yards into the sea by the force of the blast. It tore through the camping site leaving a deep crater 60 feet long. The disaster struck at San Carlos de la Rapita when the tanker lorry lost control on the main coast road and careered into tents and caravans parked in rows.