Cuylerville, NY Explosion In Salt Mine, Feb 1906

FIFTY HURT IN A MINE.

GAS EXPLOSION IN A SALT COMPANY'S PLANE NEAR CUYLERVILLE, N.Y.

Geneseo, N.Y., Feb. 3. -- Fifty men were burned, many of them seriously, in an explosion at the Sterling Salt Company's mine near Cuylerville tonight. The explosion was caused by an accumulation of gas in the sandhouse near the surface. The men were coming up the shaft at the close of work when the gas was ignited by a lamp. Manager KNOX is one of the badly injured.
Gas had been struck many times in sinking the shaft, and several small explosions had occurred within the past few months, but none of them was serious until today's. Beside the miners, a number of carpenters had been employed on the timber work, and the gang quitting work tonight was larger than usual. The explosion was heard for some distance, and many persons, including the families of the miners, rushed to the scene.
It was first feared that the miners had been entombed, but rescue parties which were immediately organized found that the damage to the mine had not been great, and they had no difficulty in getting the men to the surface. All the fifty men were burned, many seriously, and some perhaps fatally.

The New York Times New York 1906-02-04