East Great Plain, CT Bottling Plant Explosion, Jun 1900


John J. Dean, of Norwich, Fearfully Crushed.

Norwich, June 20.—There was a fatal accident at the Puritan Spring bottling establishment at East Great Plain Tuesday afternoon about 4 o’clock when John J. Dean, an employe{sic} of the company, was so terribly crushed in an explosion that he lived but a few hours. He was engaged in filling one of the large copper coda fountain tanks with carbonated gas when it exploded with terrific force, the fragments crushing Mr. Dean’s right leg below the knee. He was alone in the building when the accident occurred, but the explosion which broke the windows in the building being heard, he was soon found in an unconscious condition. He was taken to the Backus Hospital in the ambulance where his leg was bandaged an he was made as comfortable as possible. From the knee down the leg was a shapeless mass, the calf being torn away and the been badly broken. He did not rally and died at the hospital shortly after 1 o’clock in the evening, Mr. Dean has been employed by the company for several years and has been a faithful and competent employe{sic}. He was 37 years old and lived at 56 School Street. He is survived by his wife.

The establishment is located at the junction of Pine and Maple Streets and has been used by the company for the filling of such tanks since this burning of the former building at Thamesville. The explosion attracted quite a crowd at the building.

New Haven Register, New Haven, CT 20 Jun 1900