Miami, FL Quarry Explosion, Jan 1964
THREE MEN KILLED IN GIGANTIC BLAST.
Miami, Fla. (AP) -- Three men were blown to bits and tons of heavy machinery was wrecked Wednesday when 4,000 pounds of dynamite exploded at a rock quarry northwest of Miami.
The gigantic blast rocked other industrial operations in the vicinity and sent a shock wave thundering across metropolitan Miami.
Residents as far as Biscayne Bay and Miami Beach, approximately 15 miles from the blast site, at the edge of the Florida Everglades, felt or heard the explosion.
The quarry, operated by Maule Industries, supplied rock for cement operations in southern Florida.
A bucket on a giant dragline crane was battered and blackened and its 100-foot boom was badly twisted. The explosion demolished a flatbed dynamite truck. Police were unable to find any identifiable pieces. A pickup truck was destroyed and an electric rock crusher was severely damaged.
Frank J. Salichs, Maule vice president, said a drill rig was being set up to put charges in the ground when the concentration in the trucks was detonated. The cause was unknown.
Maule identified the dead as CHARLES WATSON, 33, a foreman; DOCK SMITH, 60, and WILLIAM GREEN, 21.
The three were the only men in the immediate area. No injuries were reported.
The Post Standard Syracuse New York 1964-01-23