Punxsutawney, PA Powder Kegs Explode, Sep 1904
800 KEGS OF POWDER EXPLODE.
ONE MAN KILLED, THREE INJURED AND BUILDINGS WRECKED.
Eight hundred kegs of powder explodd in the press room of the Laflin & Rand powder works, two miles east of Punxsutawney, Pa., instantly killing one man, seriously injuring three others and causing costly destruction of property.
LEONARD BAIR, 21 years old, a wheelman, unmarried, was killed.
The injured are:
LOT BAIR, superintendent of the press mill, will recover.
WILLIAM VANDYKE, engineer, will recover.
SHERIDAN CALHOUN, boiler tender, believed to be fatally hurt.
The press room, about 40 feet square, was totally destroyed. LEONARD BAIR was in the building at the time of the explosion. When his body was recovered from the ruins it was found part of his head had been blown away. No other part of his body was in the least mutilated. The three other men were in an engine room 200 feet from the press room. Each was severely cut and bruised by flying debris, and all were knocked unconscious by the force of the explosion.
Other buildings in the factory enclosure were wrecked, and every building within a mile was damaged. The residence of Powder Boss Speno, 2,000 feet from the plant, was ruined. The Speno family is visiting in New Jersey, and the house was unoccupied. In many homes every window glass in the house was shattered.
The shock of the explosion caused every building in Punxsutawney to tremble on its foundation.
Indiana Democrat Pennsylvania 1904-09-07