Canterbury Woods

Canterbury Woods is a neighborhood in Annandale.

The neighborhood was built starting in 1963 by developer Hyman Bernstein and his sons Carl and Irving.[1]


On March 24, 1972, a broken 2-inch natural gas line caused a series of explosions in the neighborhood, destroying the two houses at 4909 and 4911 Magdalene Court, fatally injuring 30-year-old Raja Sarsour, and killing two of her children, 3½-year-old Sana and 2-year-old Samir.[2][3] Raja Sarsour was taken to the Fairfax Hospital, where she died of her burns on March 30.[4]


  1. Poole, Daniel. "Creating a Boom"Evening Star, 24 Apr. 1964, Three Star, p. 23. NewsBank. Accessed 20 Apr. 2018.
  2. Bredemeier, Kenneth. "Explosion Survivor 'Critical'."The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973): 2. Mar 26 1972. ProQuest.Web. 12 July 2016 .
  3. Bredemeier, Kenneth. "No Tests made at Site of Fatal Gas Blast." The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973): 2. Apr 06 1972.ProQuest. Web. 12 July 2016.
  4. Whitaker, Joseph D. "Va. Woman Dies of Burns Week After Explosion." The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973): 1. Mar 31 1972. ProQuest. Web. 12 July 2016.

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