Los Angeles, CA Fireworks Explosion, Oct 1892
PROVED A DEADLY SALUTE.
SIX PERSONS WERE KILLED BY THE LOS ANGELES EXPLOSION.
Los Angeles, Cal., Oct. 22. -- The "Discovery Day" celebration here ended last night with a display of fireworks. Henry Wilson, who was in charge of the display, had arranged to fire what he called a salute of bombs for the last part. The bombs consisted of short lengths of cast iron pipe in which cartridges were exploded, the noise of the explosions resembling that of cannon. Two went off successfully, but the third one burst, doing all the execution of a bombshell; six persons were either killed outright, or died within a few minutes. Ten were badly hurt, and the slightly injured are scattered all over the city. Of the ten more seriously hurt, four are at the receiving hospital. There had been no material change in their condition since last night, but it is thought that only one or two are dangerously hurt. Wilson, who had charge of the display, was arrested. The explosion blew a great hole in the ground.
Another victim of last night's explosion died this morning. It was a boy named GILBERT CHRISTIAN. Young GRIFFITHS leg was amputated this morning. The total number of deaths is six, including CHRISTIAN. The child identified last night as OGARATA COHEN was found today to be LILLIAN RAPP. No further seriously wounded have been found, and it is now believed that all the wounded will recover with the exception of FREDA RAPP, whose condition is serious. The dead have all been removed to the morgue, and are lying side by side.
The victims are:
The body of little LILLIE RAPP was placed in a vault away from the eyes of the curious throng who surged in one door and out the other to view the remains. At 2 o'clock the inquest commenced, but nothing was done beyond identifying the remains, when it was continued till Monday.
Among the wounded are:
BERMAN CAMMETT, who works for the fireworks' maker. His right leg was amputated and he may die.
ED GRIFFITHS, 10 years old, had flesh torn from his left leg.
MIKE CULLEN, right arm fractured.
B. BUNKER, received injuries that may prove fatal.
H. J. LLOYD, aged 13, had his leg shattered; he may live.
Salt Lake Tribune Utah 1892-10-23