Mansfield, OH Powder House Explosion, Jun 1890

FEARFUL EXPLOSION.

A POWDER HOUSE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING IS FOLLOWED BY A FEARFUL EXPLOSION - SEVERAL PERSONS KILLED AND INJURED.

Mansfield, O., June 4. - At four o'clock yesterday afternoon during a thunderstorm, lightning struck a powder house one mile east of here, owned by Tracy & Avery, which contained over 5,000 pounds of powder.
A terrific explosion followed that was felt distinctly in all parts of the city. Hundreds of people were soon at the scene. Not a vestige of the little building was left, but a swath of destruction had been swept in every direction.
Just across the road was the dwelling of HENRY ROOST, in which at the time were his wife and three children. The house was shivered to atoms. One of the children, fifteen months old, was crushed and hurled thirty feet away, lifeless. Another, fourteen years old, was so badly injured that she will die, and the mother is yet unconscious from injuries that will likely prove fatal.
A new and unoccupied dwelling adjacent to the ROOSE house was leveled to the foundation. The force of the explosion was so terrific that the bricks of the powder house were hurled a full quarter of a mile away, the debris sweeping over the fields and through the adjacent woods, leaving a path like that of a shell- swept battlefield.

The Barton County Democrat Great Bend Kansas 1890-06-12