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The Latest: Group marks 80th anniversary of Hindenburg blast

FILE - In this May 7, 1937 file photo, ambulances line up to transfer hospitalized victims of the Hindenburg disaster the previous day to other area hospitals from Paul Kimball Hospital, in Lakewood, N.J. Only one person is left of the 62 passengers and crew who survived when the Hindenburg burst into flames 80 years ago Saturday, May 6, 2017. Werner Doehner was 8 years old when he boarded the zeppelin with his parents and older siblings after their vacation to Germany in 1937. The 88-year-old now living in Parachute, Colo., tells The Associated Press that the airship pitched as it tried to land in New Jersey and that "suddenly the air was on fire." (AP Photo, File)

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on a ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of when the German airship Hindenburg burst into flames (all times local):

8:45 p.m.

Several hundred people have honored the three dozen people who died when the Hindenburg burst into flames 80 years ago.

A wreath-laying ceremony was held Saturday evening at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey, where the German airship crashed. Thirty-five of the 97 people on board died, along with one person on the ground.

Sixty-two others aboard the airship survived. But only one of them remains alive today.

The wreath ceremony was organized by the Navy Lakehurst Historical Society, which preserves airship history. The group says about 600 people attended the ceremony.

The event also honored military service members who have given their lives.


12:20 a.m.

It’s been 80 years since the German airship Hindenburg burst into flames at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey.

People plan to gather at the crash site Saturday to lay a wreath in memory of the 35 people aboard and the one person on the ground who died.

The Navy Lakehurst Historical Society on Friday played newsreels of the disaster and Herb Morrison’s recorded report in which he uttered the now-immortal exclamation “Oh, the humanity!”

Morrison’s words were not heard live, nor were they initially linked to the film shot by newsreel crews.

A curator at New York City’s Paley Center for Media says it was one of the first moments in media history that had a broadcaster reacting to something totally unexpected.

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