Stone Mountain, GA Quarry Air Compressor Explosion, Feb 1929

STONE MOUNTAIN SCENE OF HORROR.

SEVEN KILLED MANY HURT BY BLAST IN GEORGIA.

Stone Mountain, Ga., Feb. 28. -- (AP) -- Seven men lost their lives and 10 others were injured, several seriously, late today in an explosion of an air compressor at the quarries of the Stone Mountain Granite corporation, about a mile north of here.
The explosion occurred as the men were crowded about a time clock near the compressor, checking out after the day's work.
The dead, all of whom lived here, are:
C. G. DAVIS, 32, foreman.
O. C. COWAN, 25, driller.
JOHN D. GLAZE, 45, driller.
and four Negroes:
CHARLES HAYNES.
WILL MADDOX.
CODY SMITH.
CAL HOWARD.
The most seriously injured included JOHN SWIMM, MORRIS BROWN, EUGENE SHINN and CARL SEWELL, the last name a negro. Physicians said SWIMM and SEWELL probably would die.
Officials of the company tonight could not ascribe a definite cause for the explosion of the tank of compressed air which was three feet wide and 15 feet long, but said they believed it was due either to a defect or over-compression.
The explosion occurred at 3:30 o'clock while 40 of the 180 workmen employed in the quarry were passing through the timekeeper's office, three feet from the tank of the compressor, checking out after the day's work.
Suddenly, and with a loud detonation, the tank exploded, demolishing the timekeeper's office and scattering bits of steel among the workmen.
The four negroes were dead when other workmen on a train nearby reached the scene and COWAN died before the ambulance arrived. DAVIS and GLAZE died in an ambulance en route to a hospital in Atlanta.
The streets of this little town were crowded with townspeople tonight, the majority of whom derive their income from the quarry.

Helen Independent Montana 1929-03-01