Natchez, MS Gas Explosion, Mar 1908
EIGHT KILLED IN EXPLOSION.
GAS WRECKS NATCHEZ STORE AND BURIES VICTIMS IN DEBRIS.
Eight persons are dead, another is badly injured and property valued at many thousands of dollars is a mass of wreckage as the result in the basement in the five-story building occupied by the Natchez Drug company, and located at the corner of Main and North Union streets, near the business portion of Natchez, Miss.
LUELLA D. BOOTH.
MARY E. WORTHY.
CARRIE D. MURRAY.
JOHN KARKETT, 70 years old, both legs broken; not expected to live.
The explosion tore away the rear wall of the building, which in falling crushed an adjoining tenement building. Immediately following the explosion the wreckage caught fire, a stiff wind which was blowing carrying huge sparks to the north and west, setting fire to eighteen residences, ten of which were destroyed. All business has been suspended and the city has been placed under martial law, with local companies of militia on duty.
Cedar Falls Gazette Iowa 1908-03-24