Bessemer, AL Sterling Dynamite Factory Explosion, Apr 1892

Blown to Fragments by Dynamite.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 2. – The Sterling dynamite factory at Bessemer, near this city, was blown up yesterday afternoon. Three men and a boy were instantly killed, the men being blown into fragments. The names of the dead are: FRANK BOYKIN, WALTER LAKE, GEORGE HARTLEY and ED BOYKIN, a boy. The cause of the explosion is unknown, but the presumption is that Lake, who was engaged in packing, struck to hard a blow. In place of the packing-room now is a hole six feet deep and fifteen feet wide. Only a foot of one of the men was found to be identified, although scores of pieces of flesh were discovered within a radius of a quarter of a mile.

Davenport Daily Leader, Davenport, IA 3 Apr 1892