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What You'll Find Here.  Newspaper articles about Train Wrecks, Fires, Floods, Shipwrecks, Plane Crashes, Accidents and other disasters.  Most of these articles list the dead and injured or missing. Use the Search Box to search for your ancestors or Browse the articles by type of disaster, state or year.

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Shenk's Ferry, PA Dynamite Explosion, June 1906

SHENKS FERRY PA DYNAMITE BLAST 1906

ELEVEN MEN KILLED.

GREAT FLASH AND DEAFENING ROAR AS PLANT NEAR PEQUEA EXPLODED.

THE VICTIMS TORN TO PIECES.  read more »

Germantown, PA Lutheran Orphan Asylum Fire, Dec 1920

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PHILADELPHIA FIREMEN SAVE 68 LITTLE GIRLS.

MATRONS AND NURSES AIDING, NO FATALITIES ATTEND BURNING OF LUTHERAN ASYLUM.  read more »

Brownsville, PA Braznell Mine Explosion, Dec 1899

Terrific Explosion in a Pennsylvania Coal Mine.

SHOCK FELT FOUR MILES AWAY.  read more »

Bangor, ME Charcoal Pit Explosion, Dec 1890

A HEAVY EXPLOSION

An Acre of Ground Covered by Debris from a Charcoal Pit.  read more »