Families Seek New Trial in 1988 KC Blast

Family members and defense attorneys of five people convicted of causing a massive explosion in Kansas City, Missouri in 1988 that killed six firefighters, claim they have new evidence which raises a doubt about their guilt.

The explosion at a construction site on November 29, 1988, killed Captain Gerald Halloran, FF Thomas Fry, FF Luther Hurd, Captain James Kilventon Jr., FF Robert McKarnin and FF Michael Oldham.

 

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
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