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One sibling reunites a family torn by 50-year-old tragedy
Carl's Fireworks - Part Two of Two
Doug, Carlette and Kendall
Carlette Hatfield Bynum (center) in a recent picture with her husband, Doug, and daughter, Kendall. Carlette was 9 months old 50 years ago this week when her father, Carl Hatfield Sr.’s fireworks shop exploded on U.S. 1 in east Camden. Her father died instantly, while her mother -- and Carl’s fiancé -- Elaine Lutz, died 10 days later. Her brother, Johnny Hatfield, 8, died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital. She and her mother’s other two children were separated from the Hatfield side of the family until she was 18 and reunited with her older brother, Carl Jr.; an aunt, Naomi Farrow; and cousin, Terry Hatfield Cunningham, along with other family members. (Provided by Carlette Bynum)
Fifty years and one day ago, on Dec. 17, 1970, Carl’s Fireworks exploded on U.S. 1 North in east Camden where, most recently, Fred’s and GetWell Pharmacy operated. The explosion and resulting fire, instantly killed shop owner Carl Hatfield Sr. His 8-year-old son, Johnny, died on the way to the hospital.