Niagara Falls, NY Chemical Plant Explosion, Jul 1950

CHEMICAL BUILDING HIT BY BLAST; ONE MAN KILLED.

Niagara Falls, N.Y. - (UP) - Defective pressure valves in a germicide vat were believed responsible today for an explosion which killed one man, injured seven others and blew apart a steel reinforced building at the Mathieson Chemical Corp.
Police identified the dead man as DAVID BENSON, 48. He apparently was standing in front of the vat when it exploded yesterday and received the full force of the blast.
One other worker, CHARLES SCRIVER, 57, suffered severe burns. SCRIVER stood a few yards behind BENSON.
The six other injured employees were inside the damaged building but separated from the explosion by brick walls. Falling bricks accounted for their injuries.
Plant manager Joseph Baker estimated damage at between $50,000 and $100,000.

Dunkirk Evening Observer New York 1950-07-06