VIDEO: The great blimp base fire in Weeksville

By Billy Ball

May 28, 2024

WATCH: Nazis, submarines, and eastern NC’s great blimp base fire of 1995. In the latest “Billy Ball Explains NC,” our senior editor tells the story of a 1995 fire in Weeksville, NC, that destroyed the largest wooden building in the world. The base, part of which is still standing today, was a key national defense post during World War II.


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  • Billy Ball

    Billy Ball is Cardinal & Pine's senior community editor. He’s covered local, state and national politics, government, education, criminal justice, the environment and immigration in North Carolina for almost two decades, winning state, regional and national awards for his reporting and commentary.



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