Six “roach bombs” caused an explosion that injured two people and wrecked the French Quarter apartment where Tennessee Williams wrote “A Streetcar Named Desire.”
Flames from a water heater ignited the insecticide spray, firefighter Norman Woodridge said Tuesday.
Cheron Brylski, who had just rented the thirdfloor apartment, had set off the aerosol cans of insecticide in the 8-by-10 kitchen Sunday, Woodridge said. The recommended treatment is one can for a 20-by-30-foot room.
The blast blew out windows and the kitchen ceiling and buckled the apartment’s floor and walls. It also blew the front door of the three-story building onto a passer-by.
Brylski and the passer-by suffered cuts and bruises.
Williams lived in the apartment in 1946-47 while writing the play that won him the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for drama. He died in 1984.