The Lanark Laundromat Blast — Unsolved Mysteries of Lanark County



Mr. Arnoldi of Lanark thought a bomb had gone off in the Lanark Laundromat that day in May of 1975 even though he was 40 feet away. Arnoldi was sitting in his car at a stop sign when the building exploded in front of him. Mrs. Carol Ballantyne, also of Lanark, was just leaving the laundromat when the explosion occurred to get some soap from her car. Thankfully she was the only one in the building. She was immediately taken to the Perth Hospital for burns on her legs.

Owner of the laundromat Mr. Wilmer Barr was relieved that it had not happened earlier as the laundromat was full. He admitted “someone would have gotten it” had it happened an hour previous. Barr had no idea how much damage was caused in monetary terms, but gave $20,000 as a minimum figure. The Lanark Fire Dept. was there within minutes– and because there was only a short burst of flames, it was put out in minutes.

The exact cause of the explosion was never determined, and the blast was felt over half a mile away.


Carleton Place was always at the aid of Lanark Village. Does anyone know who this Carleton Place firemen was?

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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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