Ohio County, KY Miner Throws Blasting Powder on House Fire, Dec 1893

A Kentucky Miner Throws Powder on the Fire in His House.

Riley Hughes, a miner of Taylor's mines, Ohio county, Ky., threw a wet lump of blasting powder on the fire at his home Wednesday. It exploded, and the fire communicated to a 24-pound can of powder. A terrific explosion followed, blowing the house to atoms. Hughes, his wife and five children were shockingly burned and mangled. Mrs. Hughes and her daughter Sarah died in a few hours. The others, it is thought, will recover. The explosion was of such force that the people for some distance around thought it was an earthquake.

Springfield Daily Republican, Springfield, MA 8 Dec 1893