July 4, 1866, and the population of Portland, Maine was just beginning to recover after the Civil War. The weather had been very warm and dry and everyone was looking forward to celebrating. Late that afternoon, a young boy casually lit a firecracker in front of a woodworker's shop and, not thinking, tossed the explosive into the shop's yard covered with dry shavings. "The Night the Sky Turned Red" tells the story of the ensuing conflagration through the eyes and voices of those who lived through it. Foreword by Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. Paperback. 80 pgs.