Caldwell County author explores site of tragic explosion
By Miles Smith
Imagine being 9 years old living in a town the size of Lockhart.
Now imagine being around when a local business explodes after a bomber enters the store, detonates a bomb and kills five people, including your father, who was working at the shop.
That’s what Joni Foster experienced one day in 1967 in Circleville, Ohio, a town that’s just about the same size of the Caldwell County seat. Foster, who now makes her home just outside Lockhart, said she hadn’t given the incident much thought in years until recently, when she started doing the interviews for “When Normal Blew Up,” which explores what happened on that day and afterward in the lives of the people affected by the bombing of Bingman’s Friendly Family Drug store.
The book has recently earned acclaim, receiving a FOREWORD Indies Book of the Year Award.
“When Normal Blew Up” is available online and in downtown Lockhart at Logos and at Lockhart Shoppes on Main.
Read more in this week’s Post-Register.